By Anthony Caruso III
One has to wonder if San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s stand is because he knows he’s going to lose the starting job. First-year head coach Chip Kelly has been leaning towards Blaine Gabbert for quite some time, according to a source.
Kaepernick — who only suited up and played a few snaps in last night’s preseason game — says it’s more than football. He says he took his stand because he was taking the side of the Black Lives Matter movement and didn’t stand for the National Anthem.
“Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem,” the NFL’s statement said.
This was the first-time he had appeared in a game since making it known he wanted to be traded in the off-season, he could have done it as a personal protest of not being traded. He wanted to be traded to the New York Jets, where his girlfriend is a DJ at a radio station there.
He’s dating Nessa from Hot 97 — and picked the Jets to be closer to her. However, the 49ers agreed to provisional trades with the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos; however, he didn’t want to go there.
He says his protest was because of ‘bodies in the streets and people of color being murdered.’
He’s not the only one, who has protested for BLM. However, he’s the first since Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who refused to stand for the national anthem.
Abdul-Rauf, formerly known as Chris Jackson, is a former National Basketball Association player, and was severely criticized for his stance. Kaepernick is going to receive the same backlash, or possibly even worse, now as this is a social media-driven society, where anyone can and will have a say.
Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as he said the flag was ‘a symbol of oppression and that the United States had a long history of tyranny.’ He said standing for the flag conflicted with his Islamic beliefs.
In March 1996, he was even suspended two games for his actions. In 2013, Christianity Today wrote that Kaepernick is a Christian, so he wouldn’t have the same Islamic views as Abdul-Rauf.
So the real question is, if you disapprove of our flag and what it stands for, why don’t you move out of our country? And never come back!
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