Kaepernick Takes a Time Out

Colin Kaepernick Takes a Seat for the National Anthem


Colin Kaepernick kneels as the national anthem plays (Courtesy of CBSNews.com)

Emily Robertson, Staff Writer

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been under fire for recent protest against the National Anthem.

The 49ers have already played four preseason games where Kaepernick had also refused to stand for the National Anthem before each game.

Senior Kellen O’Shea thinks Kaepernick should have stood for the National Anthem to honor those who fight for this country.

According to The Washington Post, Kaepernick’s actions were not directed at members of the armed forces. In fact, Kaepernick said he has “great respect for the men and women who have fought for this country.”

Kaepernick told NFL Media that he does not want to stand up and show pride for a country that oppresses black people and other people of color.

“African Americans have been mistreated recently in our country so I see why he wouldn’t stand for our national anthem,” said Senior Christian Wilson, who understands Kaepernick’s motivation. 

Although some disapprove of Kaepernick’s actions, he can legally sit down for the National Anthem because it is defined as free speech in the Constitution.

O’Shea believes Kaepernick’s actions were disrespectful, but knows he has the right to peacefully protest.

Colin Kaepernick continues to play for the San Francisco 49ers and says he will plan to protest the National Anthem until he feels he can rest.


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