San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ruffled a lot of feathers last Friday night when he refused to stand for the National Anthem during a home preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Kaepernick’s opposition to the anthem stemmed from racial injustice and his belief that people of color are being treated unfairly.
Some 49ers fans are not sharing that sentiment. Niners fans took to social media to protest Kaepernick’s actions and show off their jersey burning skills.
Kaepernick stated on Sunday that he plans on sitting during the National Anthem until further notice:
“Yes, I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said during an 18-minute interview session with reporters. “To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
While Kaepernick is exercising his right to express himself, it’s evident that this is creating a distraction. The 49ers had to call a team meeting on Sunday to address the issue.
Surely, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.