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NFL’s 49ers Support Quarterback After He Refused To Stand For Anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL pre-season football game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, U.S. August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

(Reuters) – National League quarterback Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers refused to stand for the national anthem before a preseason game on Friday, drawing boos from some fans and criticism on social media, but his team said it backed his right to protest.

Kaepernick, a former starter who led San Francisco to the 2013 Super Bowl but has since been demoted to backup, said he sat on the bench during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to make a statement about racial injustice in the United States.

“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 later told NFL Media in an article posted on Saturday. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”

Kaepernick appeared to be referring to police use of deadly force, which has come under increased criticism in recent years as incidents have been captured on cellphone video.

He said he was prepared for rejection by the public and did not warn anyone of his plans.

“If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right,” Kaepernick said.

When Kaepernick came into the game at the team’s home stadium in Santa Clara, California, fans greeted him with boos and cheers.

The team, which has unsuccessfully tried to trade Kaepernick to another team since his demotion, issued a statement of support after the game.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team said. “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

Social media was less forgiving. While some Twitter users supported his right to free speech, the feed of sports website Busted Coverage, which has 70,000 followers, called him “an idiot.”

“Colin Kaepernick can get the hell out of our country. No respect for this guy,” said Tyler Nelson, who calls himself a Carolina Panthers fan with 134 followers.

Athletes have long used their fame to make political statements, as typified by the Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos holding up their fists in a black power salute during a medals ceremony in 1968.

Two seasons ago, players on the NFL’s St. Louis Rams entered the stadium for a home game with their hands raised, a reference to the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” slogan adopted by protesters in demonstrations against the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)



  1. bojimbo26 August 28, 2016

    It isn`t the Flag , it`s the Politicians and Officials .

    1. Michael Espinoza August 28, 2016


    2. mfmsj August 28, 2016

      and bad police officers-not most but some.
      also, why doesnt he get off his high horse and do something constructive instead of sitting on his **s.

      1. JPHALL August 31, 2016

        Like what?

  2. CrankyToo August 28, 2016

    This guy’s a world-class athlete and celebrity who’s had a microphone under his nose any number of times over the years, but he chose to make his outrage known in the most reprehensible way. And in so doing, he has effectively stifled his own voice. Of course he has a right to protest, but who’s going to want to listen to him now?

    He’s not a traitor, just an idiot.

    1. The lucky one August 28, 2016

      You’re entitled to your opinion but i see nothing in his action that “he chose to make his outrage known in the most reprehensible way. And in so doing, he has effectively stifled his own voice.” If he had trashed a flag maybe but refusing to salute is his right and mine. I don’t agree that “he has effectively stifled his own voice”

      You ask “who’s going to want to listen to him now?” I ask who would have been listening had he not taken the action he did?

      1. CrankyToo August 28, 2016

        Who knows who would have been listening back when people wanted to hear
        what he had to say? We’ll never know, since he didn’t avail himself of
        the many opportunities.

        Yes, I’m entitled to my opinion. And yes, refusing to salute is his right and yours. Like Michael Espinoza above, you’re overstating the obvious. If you have anything enlightened or enlightening to say, speak up.

        1. The lucky one August 28, 2016

          Well clearly YOU don’t care what he has to say, but guess what? You don’t speak for everyone.

          So, because he didn’t speak out when he might have he shouldn’t do so now?

          As for overstating the obvious I think that’s preferable to pomposity like yours.

          ” If you have anything enlightened or enlightening to say, speak up.” yes I’ll do that. Maybe you could do that yourself sometime.

          1. CrankyToo August 28, 2016

            Hey Squire, don’t go away mad. Just go away.

          2. The lucky one August 28, 2016

            Hey Sparky, bite me.

          3. CrankyToo August 28, 2016

            Ouch! You really hurt my feelings with that vicious retort.

          4. The lucky one August 29, 2016

            That’s the only reply appropriate for a moron. B’bye I have no more time for idiots.

    2. Michael Espinoza August 28, 2016

      His career suicide decision, not yours. Still he has more courage and self-respect than most people even if it is career suicide. Plus he still has his millions which probably makes people jealous and highly judgemental of him being in the spotlight and not themselves.

      1. CrankyToo August 28, 2016

        First, you clearly have a penchant for overstating the obvious. Of course it was his decision and not mine. Duh! But if it had been my decision to make for him, I’d have picked a better hill for him to die on.

        Secondly, anyone who’d be jealous or envious over any celebrity or admire someone for being a wealthy personage, would himself be a pathetic person in my view. If you’re one of those people, my advice is that you get a life of your own, Squire.

        Thirdly, you haven’t said sh!t about the point I was making, to wit: that the guy might have used his celebrity to influence current thinking in a more positive and constructive manner, rather than falling on his sword. Nobody cares what the moron has to say now that he’s regarded as just another Un-Patriot. That point seems to have flown right over your head.

        And lastly, professional suicide is not an act of courage; it’s an act of folly. One can decide NOT to commit suicide and still retain one’s self-respect.

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  3. Jim Samaras August 28, 2016

    Stupidity could be the reason he’s no longer a starter and why they can’t trade him.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 29, 2016

      Jim, when will you stop pussy-footing on the issue of race and racism in America, and just simply tell us how you feel in your heart and gut about the issues?
      So far you’ve complained and offered NOTHING in the way of showing a way forward. You keep coming into these conversations not seeking to enlight but to fuel the flames.
      So, Jim–what are you doing to improve the situation? Because simply yapping your trap isn’t helping one iota, and it certainly won’t change anyone to see things your way.

      1. Jim Samaras August 29, 2016

        What CAN I do to change the situation Aaron? I’m only one man but believe that an ENTIRE change of attitude, from both blacks and whites, is part of the answer. I may have posted this in another blog but I think it appropriate in this instance.


        By Patrick J. Buchanan

        You say we need to have a conversation about race in America . Fair enough.
        But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White
        America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
        This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and
        demands heard. And among them are these:

        First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Jeremiah Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

        Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

        We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?

        What more opportunity is it that the White people need to give to help the Blacks?

        If the poor white got this much opportunity there would be no poor white or lower class of white trash people!!

        The main problem why black people are not progressing is the, “They owe me factor”!! Get it in your head! No Body Owes You Any Thing!

        Obama talks about new ‘ladders of opportunity’ for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for ‘deserving’ white kids?

        Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America ?

        Is it really white America ‘s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

        Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

        As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time? Is Obama aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

        We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena .. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

        Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

        This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!

        I am Not racist, Not violent, and Just not silent anymore.

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 29, 2016

          Hello Jim. You seem to be sincere in wanting to do something, and I appreciate that. After all, you and I are members of the same human family and we should work in tandem, you and I, and proceed as though we are both committed to fulfill what Baha’u’llah, Jesus, Muhammad, and all the Messengers intend us to be—to be as the hands and fingers of the same body.
          How else can a physical body achieve advancement if one eye looks in one direction and the other eye insists on looking in the opposite direction.
          With that sense of unity in our mind’s eye at least we can embark by doing the following(which is not exhaustive but a start):

          1) When a story comes out about racial injustice, or of anyone rebelling about racial stereotyping and an uneven dispensing of justice, don’t immediately brand the person as an idiot.
          2) When you read about such events, try to see the injustice as affecting you in the same manner that it affects me. And how will you know what affects me as a black person? Well, for starters, one can make an effort to learn about the big picture, why we are at this level of animosity, what historical events help contribute to the animosity, how did racial injustice impact the victim, and equally important, to what extent was the perpetrator corrupted by showing racial animosity?
          3) Most importantly, start paying attention to the innumerable references I have labored to make available on the topic of racial disharmony, become aware that America is framing the perception of race on a mythical and chimerical notion called “Race”. Baha’u’llah, thoughout His Writings stresses time and again and in unmistakable terms that all of humanity is of “One Race”. That the Religions of the past didn’t go into as much detail as Baha’u’llah does for today us due to the simple fact that humanity wasn’t ready to hear about that in the detailed manner that it needs to hear today. WHich is one of the reasons Jesus said, and I paraphrase—“…I have many things to tell you but you can’t bear to hear it now…”

          If you start at the beginning for a firm foundation on the root of the problem of disharmony between blacks and whites I humbly suggest you start at these places:

          1) http://www.bahai.org—This site lays the foundation of what you need to know going forward.
          2) Take a look at the talks given by Abdu’l Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, as he toured the country in 1912 speaking about the importance of racial harmony wherever he spoke, from NYC to Wash. DC., in Eliot, Maine, in Chicago, and in San Francisco.
          3) For a look at practical steps individual Baha’is and Baha’i communities did from the early 20th Century up to now, take a look at the site on “Universal Emancipation Proclamation”.

          My comments to you have been out of frustration with your remarks and weren’t meant as a personal attack on you, although I should have done it in a different way and a different tone. The error is mine, and mine alone.

          Stay in touch, and together we can help fulfill the Destiny both Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l Baha foresee and predict awaits America, and which Shoghi Effendi further elaborated on, outlined, and wrote about(see “The Advent Of Divine Justice” for example), and now The Universal House of Justice is shepherding the world-wide Baha’i Community to work in their respective national communities to make a reality “The Oneness of Humankind”.

          In the meantime, let’s not allow Donald, Bernie, Hillary, or anyone else to take center-stage in our minds, our deliberations, and our personal efforts to heal America.

          1. Jim Samaras August 29, 2016

            Thank you Aaron, I appreciate you taking the time for a very thoughtful response in spite of my being on the other side of the aisle.

            Although I went to a Christian day school from 1st through 8th grade I could hardly be considered a bible thumper today. What I derived from those years is that the Bible is nothing more than a guide for man to lead a decent and fulfilling life. The Golden Rule, ya know? I truly have no ill will towards any race in general and believe in MLK’s famous speech to judge a man on the content of his character and not on the color of his skin. I’m 61 years old and having a Masters degree from Screw U, I have seen injustices with the black population that I find reprehensible and in no way, shape or form endorse. But I also have seen well intended programs instilled by the democratic party with no thought in regard to human nature. Inasmuch as “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”. Many of the war on poverty programs were designed, in my belief, to enslave the blacks on a new plantation called the concrete jungle. I’d like to say this was an inadvertent error but the continuation of such leads me to think of them as ways to pander votes for the democratic party. Especially after 50 years of them not really working. You know the definition of insanity Aaron.

            Education and jobs are the answer and I don’t believe the democratic platform really addresses those issues in a new way forward. Not that the republicans have either! I voted for Obama in 08 because I thought he really had a plan for change but after watching I discovered he’s nothing but a puppet for people like George Soros who’s looking for a One World Order. Not the type of change I’m interested in. Really, I’m a Trump fan because he addresses these issues for the first time and is HATED by both sides due to the fact he is on the cusp of changing the status quo. I think the infighting in Washington has been nothing but theater for the masses to believe their side is fighting for their best interests but in reality they are out for their own benefit.

            I agree with your assessment Aaron not to let anyone take center stage in our efforts to heal the divide in this great nation

          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 29, 2016

            Nice response, Jim. “Screw U.”? I’m not familiar with that institution, but it sounds shady(SMILE).

            As for the Bible, I have to disagree on it being just a guide. I’ve come to learn that within it is the kernel of Truth, although much of the Bible has been a subject of controversy among scholars, Christian and otherwise, as to its word-for-word authenticity. Nonetheless, from a Baha’i perspective, both Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l Baha, and Shoghi Effendi insist that it should be treated as inspired by the same Source as all the other Books that have been revealed.

            Therefore, I see the Bible as an important document and containing an Essence from which the soul can be invigorated—if the Book is read carefully and looked at as compiled to a great extent with parables, similes, and metaphors in which are hidden deeper Meanings. A strictly literal interpretation would make it appear as a hum-hum document, which it ISN’T.

            Baha’u’llah wrote nearly 100 volumes in His own handwriting. Except on occasion, He would have an amanuensis record on paper what He spoke, and then Baha’u’llah would check what was written and have the recorder correct errors in what was taken down. Nonetheless, He insisted that Baha’is have utmost respect for the Bible, the Qur’an, and show due regard and respect for the traditions and sayings of other Messengers whose exact words were never written down but passed on orally.

            Shoghi Effendi in that document I cited by him(“Advent of Divine Justice”), addressed to American Baha’is on Dec. 25, 1938, stressed in the section titled “The Most Challenging Issue” that both Blacks and Whites have a parallel duty to dismantle Racism, and that neither should think that they have solved their half of the problem and accuse the other of not doing their part of solving the common problem. These two groups are the chief protagonists in helping America achieve a greatness foreseen for it. He stressed that both Blacks and Whites should assist one another in overcoming the problem of racism, and that in doing so, along with the involvement of Native Americans, America will exert an influence that will be felt in spiritual degrees, even as its influence is felt in material degrees and in technical innovations.

            Just saying.

          3. Jim Samaras August 29, 2016

            It’s hard to take the Bible literally as language had different meanings then and it makes it hard to follow. Why history and theologians refuse to acknowledge the book of Enoch I’ll never know although it blows their theory of one God out of the water.

            The man you speak of sounds like a genuine man who really wanted the best for humankind. Thanks for sharing.

        2. JPHALL August 31, 2016

          WHAT A BUNCH OF BS. All those programs mentioned were used by everyone not just Blacks. Also they helped raise the vast majority of Blacks (75%) out of poverty. Your sheet is showing! As for hoax’s we have had 30 years of Clinton “scandals”. When are you bigots gonna open your eyes to reality instead of your own fantasies?

          1. Jim Samaras September 1, 2016

            There’s no BS there! Reality in the face hurts, I know. Back to your safe space and quit reading if it’s too painful sweetheart. Mommy will make it go away….

          2. JPHALL September 1, 2016

            You mean the reality you refuse to acknowledge? For me there are no problems pathetic troll!
            Subject: Re: Comment on NFL’ s 49ers Support Quarterback After He Refused To Stand For Anthem

          3. Jim Samaras September 1, 2016

            Then why is there over 50% more blacks on food stamps than before your guy took over?

          4. JPHALL September 1, 2016

            That is a lie! To prove your statement, post the site where you got that lie. I doubt that you can do that liar! Subject: Re: Comment on NFL’ s 49ers Support Quarterback After He Refused To Stand For Anthem

          5. JPHALL September 1, 2016

            A writer from the Hoover Institute? Hilarious. Why do Whites feel that all Blacks think and act alike? Funny, this number on food stamps closely resembles the number of Black
            Americans in poverty 25%. And this compares to other groups how? How have other groups reacted to the Bush recession that cost millions of jobs?
            Subject: Re: Comment on NFL’ s 49ers Support Quarterback After He Refused To Stand For Anthem

          6. Jim Samaras September 1, 2016

            It’s the National Review dated March 24th of this year. I’m no liar

  4. Michael Espinoza August 28, 2016

    Tyler Nelson and others like him have a right to be as patriotic as they like, however, this country is about every persons right to protest as they wish. You have no say who stays or goes in this country just because that person doesn’t measure up to your idea of patriotism. So up yours Tyler and start your own country in the ideology of Hitler, Stalin and other dictators who sought to force people to think their way.

  5. PatrickHenry August 28, 2016

    Guess Kaepernick’s demotion to backup & decline in ability is making him feel resentful & maybe feeling “discrimination”? What a hypocrite, making Millions of $$$$ by tremendous opportunities in our “racist” system, then insulting our Country. Well Kaepernick, you have the freedom to leave & see how much $$$$ you will make in another country, since you hate this one so fervently. You will be in for a huge surprise.

  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 29, 2016

    As expected, the worshipers of the god called nationhood are allowing their guts to do the thinking for them as shown in some of the comments.
    Personally, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visibly show any form of animus towards country by not standing for any nation’s anthem, but at the same time I will register my anger at the failure of America to live up to it’s potential as Colin is doing in his own way. I would do that in carefully measured words, and better still, by how I interact with all members of society.

    I’m sure these same complainers here in the National Memo felt incensed at seeing the image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the black power salute during their Olympic event, and probably would have formed a lynch mob if given the opportunity.

    The narrow-minded scope displayed by the likes of Patrick, Jim below, and a few others here, leads one to think that they are in no way disenchanted with the mistreatment of minorities in America, or anywhere else. Their main reason for existence is to whine, complain, and never offer a peep about what they would do or are doing to promote amity and concord. Their lives instead revolve around the worship of nation and their Privileged lives.

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