Does Kaepernick kneed to quit?


Eric Reid, left, and Colin Kaepernick, right, kneel during a playing of the National Anthem. Photo from The Bleacher Report.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started sitting down during the national anthem. Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Others have been protesting as well such as Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins, and Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins. Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks could both be seen linking arms during the anthem. Chiefs Marcus Peters and New England Patriots Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett and Tennessee Titans Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty all put their arms in the air instead of on their hearts.

Not only football players but Megan Rapinoe, midfielder for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and Seattle Reign takes a knee during the national anthem as well.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing. I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Many veterans are standing up for Kaepernick saying that he has the right to protest.

I personally believe that Colin Kaepernick has the right to stand during the anthem because we live in a free country. The first amendment allows Kaepernick to peacefully protest. No, he does not need to quit.