Colin Kaepernick joined other athletes like Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and more in using their platform to fight against police brutality. Karpernick refused to stand for the national anthem during a a 49ers preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. When asked why he chose not to stand, Kaepernick in true Muhammed Ali fashion replied, “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. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
With the NFL & NBA seasons approaching and both organizations being predominately black, I’m curious to see how many more acts of protests come about. These seem like a direct response to Carmelo and friends calling on their fellow athletes to take a stand. That call seems to have started a movement.
Source: ABC NEWS, NFL.COM