Seahawks' Lane says he will continue to sit for anthem
Sep 08 2016
Although Kaepernick has since chose to take a knee rather than sit, people still criticize the protest, despite support from public figures like President Barack Obama, 49ers' teammate Eric Reid, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and USA women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
Kaepernick has named police brutality and racial injustice among the reasons for his silent protest and indicated that he will keep it up during the regular season that begins September 12 with a game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted by white parents, first created an uproar August 26 when he remained seated before the 49ers' exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers.
The president continued by saying he did not doubt that the 28-year-old football player's sincerity to highlight social issues.
"That is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are". Athletes in other leagues support Kaepernick.
His protest is in support of the recent "Black Lives Matter" campaign which has emerged given the string of deaths amongst African- American citizens at the hands of Caucasian police officers.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color", Kaepernick said during an interview with NFL Media. "We need to have a thoughtful, more two-sided conversation about racial relations in this country".
Obama predicted that, with time, Kaepernick would refine his thinking on the issues he has sought to protest and it may be that some of his critics might begin to see that he is right about some of his concerns about justice and equality, and that would serve to move the country forward.
On Sunday night, United States women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before the Seattle Reign's game against the Chicago Red Stars in what she said was "a little nod"' to Kaepernick, the BBC added.
"When I look at the American flag, I see a bunch of fights - how much we have overcome", Marshall said. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. President Obama did not beat around the bush.
"Just listen to his tone".
But at least one Twitter user saw an underlying message to Obama's Chinese hosts in his emphasis on freedom of expression.
Colin Kaepernick's high-profile protests appear to have reinvigorated the market for his USA football jersey.
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