Niners’ Colin Kaepernick won’t stand during national anthem, angry over country’s treatment of minorities
4E Sports Staff
San Francisco, CA, United States (NewsBahn) – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Niners ‘ Coliin Kaepernick didn’t stand during the national anthem prior to his team’s preseason game vs. the Green Bay Packers Friday, saying he was angry over the country’s treatment of minorities.
Kaepernick is particularly upset over what he sees as police killing and mistreating African-Americans.
“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 after Friday’s 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.”
The quarterback indicated he didn’t tell the team about what he planned to do prior to the game.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
The Niners organization said it respected his right to do what he did.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the team said in a statement. “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 to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and racked up 18 yards on four carries in the 49ers ‘ 21-10 loss.