After refusing to stand for the National Anthem during a preseason football game on Aug. 26, San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick faced MORE than a little criticism! But for the athlete, standing up for what he believes in is totally worth the harsh scrutiny. Find out the reason for his shocking actions here!
Colin Kaepernick, 28, voiced his opinion loud and clear without even saying a word on Aug. 26 during a preseason football game when he refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem. The 49ers quarterback has since received epic backlash from Americans across the country shaming him for his lack of patriotism. But for Colin, refusing to stand had a much greater meaning.
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 27, 2016
“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 in an interview after the 49ers’ preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers. “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.”
So there you have it, Colin’s strange and unpatriotic behavior was done in protest of what he believes are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States — aka the Black Lives Matter movement. But even for a noble cause, many believe not honoring the flag is completely inappropriate and inexcusable.
The athlete’s controversial behavior led his team to also release a statement. And as it turns out, the 49ers addressed Colin’s symbolic statement by recognizing his right to protest the anthem. “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.”
However, that hasn’t stopped social media users from completely bashing the NFL player. Some have angrily told him to leave the U.S. while others have called him “pathetic,” a “hypocrite,” and even a “joke.” And it looks like the controversy isn’t dying down any time soon!
And if not standing for the National Anthem wasn’t enough, as icing on the cake, Colin wore a Malcolm X hat to his media sessions Friday night. Talk about making a statement! At least Colin is passionate about his cause, right?
What do you think of Colin’s explanation, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it justifies his actions?