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Kaepernick takes a stance for BLM by not standing for the national anthem

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By Anthony Caruso III

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is having a hard time in the team’s quarterback battle. Blaine Gabbert may be named the team’s starter soon.

Gabbert took over for Kaepernick after he suffered a shoulder injury last season. Last night, both teams had equal reps with the first-team against the Green Bay Packers.

However, it was something that Kaepernick did during the national anthem that has caused an uproar. He sat while his teammates stood.

“I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he said to 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.”

This is the first-time that he did a stand alone protest. Friday night was also the first-time he saw action in the preseason.

Kaepernick was referring to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has caused problems throughout the country after police-related shootings. He’s the latest athlete to take a stand on violence — a slanted view on what actually is going on.

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