NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is taking a stand by sitting down. The 49ers star player refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem during a scheduled game.
After a photo went viral of Kaepernick sitting while other players stood for the national anthem before Sunday night’s preseason game against the Packers, the quarterback told NFL.com that he would not honor America.
The “white privileged” African American athlete, who was raised by white parents, has become an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
“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 Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers, Quarterback
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Colin Kaepernick signed a 6 year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,000,000.
In 2016, Kaepernick will earn a base salary of $11,900,000, a roster bonus of $2,000,000 and a workout bonus of $400,000. Kaepernick has a cap hit of $15,890,753 while his dead money value is $19,697,260.
It’s hard to believe a wealthy athlete, raised by white parents, living in a country lead by a black president, would say that black people are oppressed. He’s involved in a sport where 68% of NFL players are black.
The Flag and the National Anthem represent freedoms that Americans like Colin Kaepernick have at the expense of our servicemen and women.
What do you think… Should Americans stand up or sit down for this NFL quarterback? You decide.