Taking a look at What’s On Rult’s Radar, one NFL player has ignited a firestorm for refusing to stand during the National Anthem.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick remained seated before the team’s preseason game Friday night as the Star-Spangled Banner was performed.
He says it was a protest over police brutality against African Americans.
In an interview, with NFL network reporter Steve Wyche, Kaepernick explained his stance by saying:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”
His actions have received mixed reviews.
Former New York Giants running back, Tiki Barber, disagrees with the QB’s actions but is defending him for using his platform and brand to make a compelling and polarizing point.
Meanwhile, current Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, believes Kaepernick needs to find another way saying:
“You have to stand up there with your team and understand that its just a game and what’s going on around the country is bigger than you.”
In a written statement, the NFL said, “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”
In my opinion, I agree with both Barber and Cruz. The Constitution gives Kaepernick the right to freely express himself and peacefully protest. However, I do not think the National Anthem is the proper place to do it.
The NBA suspended a player back one game back in the 90’s for refusing to stand. So if you have a problem with what Kaepernick did, I suggest you take it up with the NFL.