SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of the Troops.
His latest refusal to stand for the anthem came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.
“I’ve been thinking about how to show how much I hate the troops, and it suddenly occurred to me that I should kneel during the anthem. Some right wing people are trying to change the conversation so we don’t talk about how much I hate the troops, because they don’t want to hear it. They are trying to make this all about how police are disproportionately brutalizing and murdering people of color, and how capitalism in the United States was built on generations of stolen labor from African slaves,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game.
“To me, this isn’t about that. It would be selfish on my part to look the other way while troops returning from our wars for oil don’t get spit on or beaten up. This protest isn’t about the fact that cops are getting paid leave for murdering innocent black people. No. This is about how much I hate the troops. Especially Sgt. Steven H. Winnaker. Fuck that guy especially.”