Published: Wed, August 31, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit through national anthem scrutinized


None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team.

What is the right reaction when a prominent American professional athlete, an NFL quarterback no less, refuses to stand during the playing of the national anthem? To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.

"Cops are getting paid leave for killing people".

Kaepernick, who has sat through the anthem for all three 49ers preseason games so far, is prepared to keep fighting for what he believes in - even alone. "But I don't respect the motivation or the action", Harbaugh said at his press conference Monday at the University of MI.

Kaepernick's avenue of protest did not draw the endorsement of Harbaugh, who launched Kaepernick's career and made him a starter during the 2012 season's Super Bowl run. He instead sat by water coolers on the 49ers bench before making his exhibition-season debut as Blaine Gabbert's backup. He said he'd stand again for the anthem when "there is significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to and this country is representing people the way it's supposed to". "I thought that was awful for somebody of his stature, a prominent athlete would not honor our national anthem and our flag".

Although he said he won't be joining Kaepernick in his protest by sitting during the anthem, Levy supports Kaepernick and his decision "100 percent". "He is someone I talk to and run a lot of things by and have a lot of conversations with". "It's very relevant, to me, because of this election year."Speaking with reporters Sunday, Kaepernick explained his protest, according to an account on the San Francisco 49ers' website: "People don't realize what's really going on in this country".

"There is some depth and some truth to what he was doing", Seahawks star Richard Sherman said of Kaepernick.

"I'm sorry but @Kaepernick7 needs to learn the fact about police before running his dumba- mouth!"

The NFL released a statement Saturday saying it encourages, but not requires, players to stand during the national anthem.

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