The San Francisco 49ers acknowledge Colin Kaepernick protests and opting not to stand for the national anthem in order to record a protest over the low treatment of minorities.
The quarterback of San Francisco, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand during the national anthem over racial issues in the country.
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“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” Colin Kaepernick protests and told NFL Media after Friday’s game over the low treatment of minorities in the country. “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 team, 49ers confirmed later that the quarterback sat on the bench during the national anthem as Colin Kaepernick protests over the low treatment of minorities. He sat on the bench before the match against Green Bay Packers.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the statement said over Colin Kaepernick protests. “It is an opportunity to honour our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
The quarterback told NFL media regarding the hot matter that he did not inform the team about his recording protest.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody, I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right,” he told NFL media.
On the other day, Kaepernick also refused to stand for the national anthem during the other preseason games, but he wasn’t dressed for those contests because of tightness in his right shoulder.
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The NFL said in a statement that “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”
Colin Kaepernick protest is not the first to call social justice for minorities in the country. Numerous high-profile athletes have spoken out about civil rights issues in the wake of gun violence throughout the United States. In July, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul opened the ESPYS with a call for social change and an end to violence, and WNBA players wore warm-up shirts to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
However, Kaepernick told NFL Media that he had thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that “I felt that I needed to understand the situation better.”
Kaepernick joins team sports athletes including Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Carlos Delgado in refusing to participate during patriotic American songs. Abdul-Rauf was suspended one game by the NBA in 1996 for not standing during the national anthem, saying the United States had a history of tyranny and doing so would conflict with his Islamist beliefs.
He later agreed to stand and pray silently during the song. Delgado would leave the field in 2004 during “God Bless America” in protest of the Iraq War.