FULL INTERVIEW: 49ers QB Kaepernick responds to national anthem controversy
Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres has decided to join Kaepernick in sitting out the national anthem, ESPN reports. Tavarres told ESPN he almost sat during the anthem ceremony preceding Saturday night's game against the Colts in Indianapolis, and he plans to follow through when the Eagles host the New York Jets in their preseason finale Thursday night.
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Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem in protest of racism and police brutality in America is making many people stand up and pay attention to the 49ers quarterback. He received support from Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis on this morning's "First Take" on ESPN.
"What he decided to do is to create a peaceful protest that what be a lightning rod that would force you to talk about the issues at hand and that is the issue that African- Americans are facing in this country," said Bettis
Kaepernick's former teammate Alex Boone, now with the Minnesota Vikings, said they would've had a problem on the sideline if they were still playing together.
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"It's almost like disrespectful where you see all these pictures of these veterans that have no legs and they're standing up in their wheelchair. You know, I had a brother who served and he lost friends and I know how much it means to him. And it's just shameful," said Boone.
So far, Kaepernick's teammates are defending his decision. The quarterback says he understands there could be consequences from his actions, like getting cut from the team or losing sponsors, but will continue to sit during the national anthem as long as he feels it is appropriate.
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"I support our flag personally, but I also support someone's right to feel how they feel," said Curtis Modkins, 49ers offensive coordinator.
The 49ers have one last preseason game this Thursday where they'll be in San Diego taking on the Chargers.
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QB Colin Kaepernick says oppression & police brutality must stop. Kap:"Cosmetologists get more training than cops." pic.twitter.com/JbQzghSEYd— Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) August 29, 2016
If you follow Kaepernick on IG, this isn't new news! He's had a not so gentle rage brewing for a very long time. https://t.co/dCtil4SkAL— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) August 27, 2016
Texts coming in from coaches, players, front office execs from around league on Kap. So far every player backs him. No coach/exec does.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 27, 2016
@swhitfield75 what does him making money have anything to do with it. He standing for what he believes is right. Can't put a price on it— Chris McCain (@DolphinEret) August 27, 2016
This guy is a joke. Get lost. You don't like it in a country that has given you opportunity to succeed? Then get out https://t.co/Dwssw2I1zA— AUBREY HUFF (@aubrey_huff) August 27, 2016
Activists changed USA for better but have to associate Nat Anthem w/ military that die for ur right to protest. Stand up. Find another way— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) August 27, 2016
The easy thing to do is to make fun of Kap and his play. How about trying to understand where he's coming from....but that would be too hard— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) August 27, 2016
Kaep is using his platform & brand to make a compelling & polarizing point, which is his right, even if it's met with ire!#idontagree— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) August 27, 2016
I'm not saying Kaep is Ali at all but ppl vilified Ali for his stance as well & it wasn't until he couldn't speak that ppl celebrated him— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) August 27, 2016
Absolutely he is. It's a platform to use. They don't play the Natl Anthem during practice https://t.co/J41j40aV6p— Carp (@robcarpenter81) August 27, 2016
I will be STANDING during the National Anthem tonight. Thank you to ALL (Gender,Race,Religion)that put your lives on the line for that flag— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) August 27, 2016