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On Bended Knee; Kaepernick Sits For Anthem Surrounded By Troops


Kaepernick, teammate kneel during anthem

“While we certainly acknowledge Mr. Kaepernick’s first amendment right to remain seated during the National Anthem, as inappropriate as it may be”, the association’s president Martin Halloran wrote, “we will not stand by while he attacks police officers with statements such as ‘People are on paid leave while people of color are killed’”. Retired Navy Seals parachuted into the stadium while 240 Marines, sailors and soldiers presented an American flag. “I realize the men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee”.

The Santa Clara police union says its officers may stop working San Francisco 49ers’ home games amid quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality and racial injustice by refusing to stand during the national anthem, according to media reports.

That’s Jackie Robinson, beloved baseball pioneer and civil rights activist, writing in his 1972 autobiography, “I Never Had It Made”.

Gabbert wasn’t expected to play in the San Diego finale because he had already played much more in the preseason than Kaepernick, who didn’t appear until San Francisco’s third exhibition game.

Kaepernick started Thursday’s game.

Kaepernick’s visit to San Diego fell on the Chargers’ 28th annual Salute to the Military, a night created to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of active and retired military personnel who live in the area.

Kaepernick said during a postgame news conference, aired on ESPN’s “SportsCenter”, that he and Reid met with Boyer – who was invited to the sidelines by Kaepernick – and had a long conversation about how he could continue the protest without the action taking away from the message.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed”, Kaepernick said.

He returned to the practice field at the start of training camp in late July but then missed about two weeks with a exhausted right shoulder but wasn’t able to win the job back.

As for the quarterback’s stance on the national anthem, Kelly said he hasn’t asked Kaepernick about it. “So we’ve got to move forward and see if we can get him some more snaps here”. They aren’t about to burn Kaepernick’s No. 7 jersey or curse his name, they said.