Fans Burn Jerseys After Niners QB Kaepernick Refuses To Stand For Anthem

SANTA CLARA (CBSLA.com) — Some fans this weekend were burning jerseys days after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was spotted sitting during the national anthem.

The move by Kaepernick Friday before the Niners played the Green Bay Packers had some calling the sit-out “disrespectful,” while the 28-year-old football star explained it was an act of conscience.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick 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.”

His coach, Chip Kelly, told reporters: “He recognized his right to do that. It’s not my right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”

But fans in the Bay Area and in LA are weighing in:

“Disrespecting the national anthem, I don’t think there’s any excuse for that,” said Steven Carval, a football fan. “If you don’t like our country, than get the hell out.”

“The fact that people are taking a stand by sitting down during the national anthem is a very powerful thing and I applaud him for that. Why? Because it needs to be taken notice that this is something that happens to young African Americans, young Mexican Americans, Asian Americans,” said Matt Day, another fan.

Kaepernick, who is bi-racial, said he expected backlash, but has sparked a debate that goes beyond the end-zone.

Meanwhile, the NFL also issued a statement, saying that players are encouraged, but aren’t required to stand for the national anthem.

Comments

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  1. michael donovan says:

    my concern ain’t with kaepernick’s stand or the burning of his jersey, but the beautiful tree this a-hole almost burned down…

  2. Jeffrey Bohrer says:

    It’s simple. HE HAS that right, just as the fans, league, team mates have THEIR rights to respond in any number of ways.
    Personally, I think some head hunting defensive backs should declare open season.

  3. Reggie says:

    Very simple…You don’t like the lifestyles here in the USA, then leave. Your right to do so.

  4. don says:

    Bench his sorry hide. You sit for the anthem, you sit out the game.

  5. Sam says:

    Maybe he should be concerned about the reasons black people cannot behave like civilized human beings. No one wants to be anywhere black people congregate. Even foreigners don’t like American black people. the reasons for their behavior are not white racism, it is their total lack of responsibility. After LBJ decided to pay woman to have children out of wedlock, the black male became obsolete to the black woman. She gets paid more than that deadbeat, poorly educated crime prone sloth by the government, and having another child adds to her pay

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