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Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for National Anthem Due to Treatment of Minorities

Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for National Anthem Due to Treatment of Minorities

Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem during a pre-season football game on Friday (August 26) and he is speaking out about his decision.

The 28-year-old San Francisco 49ers quarterback protested it during a game against the Green Bay Packers to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Colin told NFL Media. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

“I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed,” he added.

Here is what the NFL said in response: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem?

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  • SquidBillie

    If it’s so important to him, why doesn’t he donate his big fat paycheck (that would be much smaller in any other country) to his “cause?”

  • John Dow

    He’s so oppressed – Colin Kaepernick signed a 6 year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,000,000. In 2015, Kaepernick will earn a base salary of $10,400,000, a roster bonus of $2,000,000 and a workout bonus of $400,000.- DOES THAT SOUNDS LIKE THIS COUNTRY OPPRESSES PEOPLE OF COLOR? SOUNDS MORE LIKE THOSE WHO TRY SUCCEED AND THOSE WHO DON’T…..WON’T! Ah…..the land of opportunity…..it helps those who help themselves! Now, if Colin really wants to make a statement perhaps he ought to part with most of that 114 million and give it away to the black people he thinks are oppressed…..that would be impressive….it won’t happen (c)

  • Ash

    If you don’t understand what the “black lives matter” movement is about or think it’s for “morons,” then I encourage you to take a sociology class and educate yourself before you keep making embarrassing comments about something you clearly only know a fraction of. No, a website that you Googled doesn’t count. This country does not prioritize education and as a result, we have ignoramuses that have no idea what’s going on, but have strong feelings regardless.

  • MollyBD

    It’s a free country, and he can say whatever he wants as long as he’s not bashing anyone. Also, it’s nice that despite all his money, he is sympathetic toward the plight of other people who are not as fortunate as he is.

  • Brian Nichols

    he’s comparing apples with oranges. one thing has nothing to do with the other. go stand for 4 hours at a rally on your own time if you want to support a cause. it’s a football game. wrong place, wrong time….and hey, maybe you can be a starting quarterback in the CFL if you want to move to Canada.

  • damian gonzales

    There are people who love to play the “poor victimize”.

  • xyz

    Colin Kaepernick , for anybody with a passing interest in the NFL, is not the brightest bulb in the set. Neither does he have charisma or any class to begin with. What he does have is a dullard sense of playing the thug any chance he gets. Again this guy uses a gesture like this one as a means of self promotion. To even discuss any of his political viewpoints with him would be a laugh really. A very average to below average iq. Even in the NFL he is well known for an inability to read defenses and resort to running or passing the ball carelessly when his lack of intelligence and mental processing abilities become apparent.

    Not surprised really in what he did. One could expect it from a guy like this.

    The NFL is going to lose some fans, military servicemen and women will not be pleased. Watch for the NFL to play damage control. No good damage is done.

  • xyz

    Soros would be proud of sheeple like u

  • Madsxx

    It’s a football game. You check your personal problems and feelings at the door. You don’t bring it onto the field. He wants to stand up for what he believe in that’s fine, but he needs to do it on his time. Maybe donate some of those millions he makes. If he actually sincerely cares about the issues.

  • Benny Ehud

    The question is, “Why is it so important that he stands for the National Anthem?

  • Benny Ehud

    He isn’t required to stand up for the national anthem at a football game.

  • SquidBillie

    Because he’s an American…DUH

  • Benny Ehud

    According to his Wonderlic score, his IQ is fairly high. He may not be good at reading defenses or have the ability to make the throws. But his Wonderlic score puts him at a 134 IQ. That’s high.

  • Benny Ehud

    He can not stand if he wants. You all are making a bigger deal out of it than he is.

  • Benny Ehud

    So? Some people are just born here LOL

  • SquidBillie

    You show respect for the flag, or go live somewhere else, dummy. You don’t whine like a baby while you’re cashing those paychecks that you can’t get anywhere else.

  • SquidBillie

    Shut up, troll

  • Benny Ehud

    You’re a troll. He’s not affecting your life. Yet, you feel the need to bash the man.

  • Benny Ehud

    That’s a law to show “respect” for the flag? I don’t think it is. If you don’t like what he did and that the U.S. allows one to not have to stand for the national anthem or flag, then you move somewhere else, you imbecile lol

    He’s not whining for himself. He claimed to be “standing up” for others.

  • Mike1288

    Sociolgy classes help but it’s only part of the equation. However what I will say is Donald Trump acknowledged this past week what the black community is going through in terms of education, jobs, etc. And all anyone took away from that is well he thinks all black people are poor. Now I understand Trump is ignorant and an ass but Hillary has been just as bad but doesn’t even bother to address the issues. She would ather change the way she speaks to how she believes blacks speak and while being interviewed by a black radio host says she likes fried chicken and carrying around hot sauce. Both are ignorant as fuck but at the same time if someone is acknowledging a problem people just can’t jump about race. It needs to be a discussion. At least trump is attempting to meet with different groups and visit inner cities.

  • Mike1288

    What a stupid statement. It’s part of our culture and history. People in a lot of different places in the world would kill to live here because of the opportunity you get here other places can’t offer. If you don’t get that your ignorant, spoiled and disrespectful to people who helped make this country better. Yes America has its issues but they are far fewer than in other places.

  • Mike1288

    And we’re not required to not have an opinion. He opened himself up for criticism. And he is in unamerican.

  • Mike1288

    Yep and we have a right to criticize. Also, most of these black men who end up in the news shot are criminals. As long as the black community insists on making martyrs out of them no one is going to pay attention.

  • Benny Ehud

    I have no problem with you having an opinion. I doubt if he cares that he is un-American. Most blacks don’t give a sh** about that lol

  • Benny Ehud

    Some may kill to live here. And? History is just that..history. And culture changes.

  • Tallaman

    I’ll bet he’s happy to accept the paychecks. Attendance at NFL games in not mandatory either. Maybe Kap will be the first one cut during the next round of cuts.

  • Anna

    I think it’s nice that he’s taking a stand. Football is the most watched sport in America, he’s taking advantage of his opportunity as a player. He’s taking a stand for others who cannot get their voice across and is bringing awareness to the injustice. I think it’s admirable.

  • Gina

    Good for him. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

  • Daniel Pearson

    This goes to prove that Africans here do not to be consider Americans, Why else do they ca;; themselves african-americans and africa is before America in this name, They can go live somewhere else if they do not like oit here.

  • Scott Hill

    He is a misunderstood rich athlete. He doesnt care about others especially blm. He just needs attention. If it bothered him so bad he’d move somewhere where people of color are appreciated for their many accomplishments. I have no idea where that is, but he clearly thinks this is not it. He doesnt want to show respect for those who fought and died for his black privileged up bringing, including people of all colors who died. I will show my displeasure with his disrespect by making sure san fransico 49′s get absolutely none of my money or time watching their games–ever.

  • Scott Hill

    Hey benny ehud, you missed a decimal point its 13.4 IQ

  • Scott Hill

    Hey benny ehud, you missed a decimal point its 13.4 IQ

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  • Steve

    Free speech is not a right while you are at work. You are representing your employer and they can fire you on the spot for saying something that tarnishes their image. I am a fan of football and the NFL. I don’t care what the players political opinions are or what ideology they support. I also have a right to see what I pay for. I am an Army veteran and I am offended by Colin Kaepernick’s behavior. I don’t care whether you care about the national anthem or what you do in your private life, but when you are making millions of dollars from fans like me the least you can is not spit in my face. The NFL has been sliding down a slippery slope of player behavior for a long time, and if they are going to sit by and let this baby throw a tantrum and tarnish their brand, then they have made it abundantly clear they no longer want my money. I have no problem walking away from the NFL just like I did with the NBA over their involvement in politics. The NFL goes to great lengths to include elaborate ceremonies for the national anthem at their games and includes the military in them. They also accept millions of dollars from the military in advertising to put on these ceremonies. The least these players can do is stand up and shut their mouths for a minute while it is going on. Using it as an opportunity for self-prmotion and disrespecting police officers is not appropriate. If the NFL supports this type of behavior in their workplace, then they have made it abundantly clear which side they are on. Make no mistake about it, supporting a racist organization like BLM and allowing players to disrespect the fans that provide them their salaries is wrong. I for one will be done with the NFL if they and the 49ers don’t take action to rectify this problem immediately.

  • Steve

    Yes he can, and the fans that pay his salary have a right to voice their opinion about using the moment of the national anthem for his own self-promotion and tantrums. We are the ones that pay his salary. If this is the path the NFL wants to go down, then they can lose fans like me. I served my country and have great respect for the national anthem. I am not going to fork over money to an organization that supports this kind of disrespect to a large percentage of its fan base.

  • Steve

    And I am not required to give the NFL my money. I tend not to like giving money to people that spit in my face and disrespect me.

  • Steve

    Actually he is affecting my life. I tune in to watch a football game and get some guy deciding to disrespect me and my country. If that is what the NFL wants its employees to do, then they can lose me as a fan.

  • Steve

    As far as I am concerned it is a terrorist organization that promotes violence. He can support it all he wants to when he is on his on time. When he is at work getting paid by my dollars, he can shut his damn mouth and play football since that is what I pay him for. There is no company on earth that wants it employees out there self-promoting and voicing their own ideology while wearing the company uniform and tarnishing its images with its customers.

  • Steve

    He has a right to say what he wants on his own time. When he is at work playing football he should be doing just that. I don’t give the NFL my money so its players can lecture me about politics and their own personal ideology. If the NFL and 49ers support him doing this, then they will be losing me as fan and financial contributor.

  • Steve

    Because it is a sign of respect to those that value it. He doesn’t have to like it, but he damn well better do it. He is payed very well by fans that hold that anthem dear, and the least he can do is not spit in their faces.

  • Steve

    By not respecting the anthem and flag, he is disrespecting those that do. Many of those that do are fans that pay his salary. He is representing the 49ers and NFL as a whole while he is wearing that uniform. If they want to support him, then I will not support any of them.

  • Steve

    There is no chance he has a 134 IQ. He could have the highest IQ in the world, yet still be stupid for the actions he took. He just pissed off a huge section of the fanbase that pays his salary. Any smart person would know that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • Steve

    Nobody pays him money for social commentary. He is payed to play football. He needs to shut his damn mouth and stop disrespecting the fans that pay his salary.

  • Steve

    Apparently he stands for spitting in the face of a good chunk of the fan base that pays his salary.

  • Gina

    Ha, didn’t know his fan base is responsible for creating the national anthem.

  • catm beretta

    This is what people died for. The flag represents this country and the unity of one nation. If you can’take stand for it then you are part of the problem.

  • Benny Ehud

    He doesn’t care about the fan base. He’s already rich. Again, the NFL gives an IQ test at the NFL Combine. Colin scored a 37 out of 50 on the Wonderlic. If you multiply 37 by 2 and add 60, it gives him an IQ of about 134. That’s how the the Wonderlic is supposed to work. But take away a 10 points just for good measure. An IQ of 120 says that a person can be a lawyer.

    The man is not dumb. He’s a Muslim now, or close to it. That may be clouding his judgment. The girl he is dating from MTV is a Muslim.

  • Benny Ehud

    SO!! If the fans don’t want to watch him, they don’t have to. But if he wins football games, fans won’t give a sh**. That’s how fans are. Kobe was accused of RAPE. But Kobe was a winner, so nothing happened to him. Michael Vick wasn’t that good, so they sent him to jail. And fans turned on him.

    If you can play, FANS DON’T CARE!!

  • Benny Ehud

    I don’t have to show respect to those that value it.
    He didn’t do it LOL So I don’t know why you are saying he d*mn well better do it. FANS DON’T CARE AS LONG AS HE WINS FOOTBALL GAMES!

  • Benny Ehud

    Don’t watch the football game. That’s an easy fix. The NFL will march on quite well without you as a fan.

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