It was back in 2006 when Colin Kaepernick became a Nationwide topic when he began kneeling during the National Anthem to bring attention to social inequality and police brutality against minorities in this country.
It’s been three years and he continues to deal with the fallout as he has yet to be given another chance to play in the league since that season ended. Now, he’s having a veteran call him out of his name and throw accusations against him.
Marine veteran Jeremy Statt, who played football at Arizona State and got drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 41st overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, recently had an interview on Fox & Friends where he called out Colin Kaepernick and his activism.
“[Kaepernick] knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel, and now he’s going to go ahead and capitalize” on his decision,” Staat said of the QB’s protest.
“I think it’s an absolute disgrace,” Staat said. “We have a professional athlete who has pulled the race card, he’s pulled the victim card. He knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now, he’s going to go ahead and capitalize on this by essentially extorting the black community.”
Staat expresses his distaste towards Kaepernick and his decision to kneel for the national anthem in an effort to protest police brutality against black Americans.
“Colin Kaepernick is a national disgrace and I’m tired of seeing him celebrated like he’s a hero,” Staat wrote in his fundraising letter. “Help me send a strong message to left-wing radicals in Washington that America is fed-up with their game plan, like they are fed up with Colin Kaepernick.”
On his personal website, Staat wrote “Unlike Colin Kaepernick, this NFL pro ALWAYS stood for the Red, White and Blue, with toes on the line.”
Staat has spoken out against Kaepernick and Nike before, asking people back in 2018 who were burning Nike apparel to instead donate it to local veterans organizations.
Nike’s value is reportedly up $26 billion since Kaepernick’s “Just Do It” campaign launched last year.