After being spotted with pig police socks, Kaepernick is still planning to protest the National Anthem on a night honoring some of our most brave heroes. It is baffling how the NFL isn’t punishing this prick.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said he plans to sit out the national anthem tonight, just as he did at a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last week and other games this summer before reporters took notice.
He says his protest will continue indefinitely. “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday.
The 49ers’ game today in San Diego (7 p.m. Pacific time) is particularly noteworthy because it is Military Night, billed as a tribute to “hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego,” according to the San Diego Chargers website.
More broadly, Kaepernick’s pregame protest over, he said, the treatment of “black people and people of color” has garnered national media attention, driving a complex discussion about race and political protest in U.S. sports.
The timing of the Military Night is coincidental, a Chargers spokesman told The San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this week, adding that the team sponsors a Salute to the Military once every preseason.
Kaepernick’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” first caught the attention of the media last Friday night, before a game in which he returned from injury. Since then, fan reaction to his decision has been split, frequently along ideological lines.
Some fans expressed anger toward Kaepernick, specifically regarding his perceived slight of the U.S. military.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL Media.
“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.
Kaepernick, 28, who was born in Milwaukee to a white mother and an African-American father, has said the protest is not meant to insult members of the military.