Colin Kaepernick protests police killings by refusing to stand for national anthem.

Protest by San Francisco 49er creates controversy for the NFL.

By Kathy Zamora, Staff Writer

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand against police violence by sitting through “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

People were shocked after Kaepernick refused to stand through the national anthem before a preseason game on Friday August 26. Fans burned his jersey while Twitter and Instagram lit up with both positive and negative responses.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The NFL released a statement on the matter stating, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

Some athletes also responded to the situation. Adrian Clayborn, of the Atlanta Falcons disagreed with Kaepernicks actions stating, “He can’t stand up for his people because he makes millions…” said Clayborn, “So ignorant and narrow minded.”

Arian Foster of the Miami Dolphins supported Kaepernicks’ actions saying, “You’re free to have any religious, political views you feel. He has the right to choose not to stand, just as you have the right to disagree,” said Foster.

Local players also chimed in with their opinions on Kaepernick

While I strongly agree with the NFL and Foster’s statement, I disagree with Clayborn. Kaepernick is a quarterback who makes plenty of money, but he should not be forced to keep quiet . No one should stand in the way of someone’s ability to express their belief.

Taking away Kaepernick’s right to refuse to stand for the national anthem is taking away a right that we have fought so hard to protect.

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