San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, or “Cap” as he’s called by some, met with the press on Sunday to explain his controversial action of not participating in the national anthem before the team’s preseason game Friday night against the Green Bay Packers. Yesterday he told NFL.com that he was protesting because “there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
In fact, he will continue to sit for the national anthem until “there’s significant change,” he told reporters.
“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now,” the quarterback said. “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country… I’ll stand.”
Kaepernick added that he is not worried about his safety, because if something were to happen to him then it would only go to strengthen his case.
The NFL issued a statement on the protest Saturday, saying that players are “encouraged but not required to stand” during the anthem.
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