The last few 49’ers games led to much controversy as NFL player, Colin Kaepernick of The San Francisco 49’ers allegedly sat and then kneeled during the National Anthem. He has stated that the reason for the kneeling was because of his belief that “Black people” are being oppressed. He then went to say quote, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
This angered fans and veterans who took to social media to express their feelings even famous NFL player Jerry Rice went to say “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.”
Was it right for Colin to sit? It appears not as he received boo’s from the Chargers stadium. One navy veteran was outraged over the kneeling and went to say “I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag, If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.” While in the crowd one sign read, “You’re an American act like it!” It seems Kaepernick was in the wrong as people everywhere even his good friend Aaron Rodgers disagrees with his act and has refused to support Kaepernick. Even the NFL is considering pulling him.