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Taking a bold stand, is NFL Player  Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and social media is up in a frenzy!

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At a recent game, Colin Kaeperick did not stand when the National Anthem was being done.  Some see it as a bold statement standing up for what’s right.  Others see it as a sign of disrespect.   The player recently spoke out about it.  Here’s what he had to say:

“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 against Green Bay. “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 49ers issued this statement: “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.”

According to NFL.COM

 

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