49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the center of heated debate on Twitter since Friday. Prior to the San Francisco team's preseason game, Kaepernick chose to remain seated during the National Anthem because he said American police are not treating people of color fairly. He doubled down on the decision after the game and offered some bold quotes about why he'd decided not to stand.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” the quarterback said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
With so much talk surrounding Kaepernick’s decision, the NFL issued a statement:
Everyone on social media is talking about this today, including the NFL community. Current players, retired athletes, and prominent media figures have all shared their thoughts on the event. Below are some of their responses.
Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster:
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert:
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh:
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews:
Tampa Bay Bucs defensive tackle AJ Francis:
Former Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody:
Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran:
Former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus:
Former Titans quarterback and current ESPN host Matt Hasselbeck:
Two controversial, polarizing Fox Sports 1 hosts, Jason Whitlock and Clay Travis:
Bleacher Report writer Mike Freeman:
Steve Wyche of NFL Network originally reported the Kaepernick quotes that started all this buzz. He said Kaepernick knew the backlash was coming.
We can’t imagine Kaepernick will be punished in any way for this, but it has created a thorny public relations situation for the NFL, which loves to associate itself with the American flag (the NFL logo is literally based on it). It will be interesting to see how the league handles it.
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