Colin Kaepernick took a stand against police violence on Friday night by taking a seat. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for The Star-Spangled Banner before a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday because, he said, “There are bodies in the street.” “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game thaat the 49ers lost, 17-3. “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 NFL, according to the San Jose Mercury News, said Kaepernick did not violate any league policy by not standing with his teammates during the anthem. Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, emailed a statement that said, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.” This is not the first time the 28-year-old has spoken out against police violence. Kaepernick has long been a supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter… Read full this story
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