On Sunday, CNN correspondent Jake Tapper posted one Gold star mother’s fiery response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s announcement on Friday that he was not standing for the playing of the national anthem because of American racism.
Kaepernick told NFL Media after the preseason game with the Green Pay Packers, "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."
One Gold Star, infuriated beyond belief that Kaepernick would flagrantly disparage the country that has given him the opportunity to make over $110 million dollars while her son was murdered in Afghanistan defending America, blistered Kaepernick, as Tapper reported:
On Saturday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly told reporters that Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem was "his right as a citizen,” continuing, "it's not my right to tell him not to do something."
The NFL stated tersely, "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."
The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, who was Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, also has refused to acknowledge the flag, claiming it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs. The NBA suspended him briefly before he started standing for the anthem again.
"He died so that ungrateful, privileged, arrogant men like you can be just that - ungrateful, privileged, and arrogant."
Gold Star mother blasting Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem
Some players were angry at Kaepernick; Vikings guard Alex Boone, a former 49er whose brother served in the U.S. Marine Corps, told USA Today Kaepernick “should have some [expletive] respect for people who served. Especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom. We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.” He added that Kaepernick’s actions were “shameful.”
On Sunday, Kaepernick doubled down, blustering, "Yes, I'll continue to sit. I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there's significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."