San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in an exquisite bit of timing showing his complete disdain for American heroism, will sit down during the playing of the national anthem on Thursday night, despite the fact that the game against the San Diego Chargers also happens to be Military Night.
As the San Diego Chargers’ website explains, Military Night is tribute to “hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego.”
Kaepernick instigated a nationwide backlash when he sat down during the anthem before last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers, then blustering, “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.” On Sunday, he threatened, “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand.”
As The Daily Wire has reported, some veterans and police officers have slammed Kaepernick for his actions, prompting him to respond, “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up.”
Leftists including New York Daily News columnist Shaun King and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have praised Kaepernick for his protest; Abdul Jabbar actually called him “highly patriotic.” Some military veterans have defended Kaepernick from criticism. The hashtag #VeteransforKaepernick has become popular.
“When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand.”
It’s ironic that Kaepernick would say he has “great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country.” Perhaps he should spend some time on police ride-alongs when they confront criminals armed with weapons before he so cavalierly dismisses the heroism of the nations’ police force.