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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Referencing to the recent shooting deaths of African-Americans by police, he told NFL Media that his conscience would not allow him to partake in the pre-game ceremony Friday against 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,” he said.
An image if the 28-year-old sitting — he is wearing number 7 — was posted on Twitter.

Willing protest

The player said he was fully aware of the controversy he was courting with his decision.
“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 athlete is active on Twitter, usually retweeting other users’ posts on race relations in the US. His decision not to stand has elicited comments both in support and against his decision.
“As if I needed another reason to love Colin Kaepernick,” one supporter tweeted.

Colin Kaepernick

  • 28 years old, biracial, adopted and raised by white parents in Wisconsin
  • Joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011
  • Former starter who led the team to the NFL’s title game, the Super Bowl, in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Since demoted to back-up
  • Has signature touchdown celebration known as kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his right bicep
  • Set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs


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