The actions and statements of Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers have drawn mix emotions from noted personalities. Among them are the San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) and US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
TMZ reported that SFPOA wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell demanding that Kaepernick apologizes for his comments. The association stated that Kaepernick showed the lack of sensitivity to officers who put their lives on the line to enforce law and order.
SFPOA invited Kaepernick and other NFL athletes to visit their academy to witness first hand how their cadets survive their thorough training. Aside from that, the association invited to Kaepernick to educate them on what they need to do.
“Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49ers organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis. Until then we hope your organizations choose to do the right thing and at least apologize to the many police officers Mr. Kaepernick has disrespected for no clear reason,” SFPOA wrote in their letter.
Aside from SFPOA, US presidential candidate Donald Trump also criticized Kaepernick. The Republican Party nominee said that if the 28-year old is not happy with the United States of America, then he could get out and find a country that works for him.
“I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Trump said. “I think it’s a terrible thing. Maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
Aside from making side comments, Kaepernick also took the spotlight as he refused to stand up when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung during their match against Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick has been struggling to get the starting place with the 49ers ever since he came back from a series of injuries.
Kaepernick was not the first athlete to have used the US national anthem for protest. NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the anthem in 1996. CBS Bay Area stated that Abdul-Rauf narrated the United States had a history of tyranny and doing so would conflict with his Islamist beliefs. The NBA initially suspended Abdul-Rauf for his stance then lifted the suspension when he said he would stand and pray silently during the song.
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