Colin Kaepernick started the anthem protests when he was a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers. And now with him gone his teammates are continuing his tradition of disrespecting the national anthem and the flag.
On Sunday prior to the game with Arizona Cardinals nearly 30 payers knelt during the anthem and the others were standing behind them in solidarity.
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 1, 2017
Vast majority of 49ers took a knee during the Anthem. pic.twitter.com/aajBEgXfvK
— KTVU Sports Dept. (@ktvusports) October 1, 2017
The 49ers issued a statement with the reasons why the whole team protested, saying it was an act of unity.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 1, 2017
“For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have all shared the desire to influence positive change. Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same. Our demonstration is simply a representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems.”
“Make no mistake, we love this great country and have tremendous respect for our military and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our right to express ourselves freely. We passionately want what is best for this country and all its citizens,” it continued.
When Kaepernick started the protests last season he said he didn’t want to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
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