San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been in hot waters these days for supposedly misbehaving during a national anthem right before Thursday’s preseason NFL game.
Kaepernick was seen taking a knee while the anthem was being played. Prior to the incident, Kaepernick outspokenly pledged to protest over police brutality and racism in the United States.
The incident drew ire especially from the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association claiming Kaepernick’s statements about the police are ‘insulting, inaccurate, and completely unsupported by facts’.
In a statement obtained by NBC, the association stated, “If the 49ers organization fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate workplace behavior, it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
“It doesn’t seem like he’s thought through or bothered to educate himself about the way (law enforcement officers) are out there trying to do a very difficult job, and the vast majority of the time get the job done right,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.
Will this affect Colin Kaepernick’s roster spot with the 49ers?
According to a report published by CBS Sports, the San Francisco 49ers decided not to let the incident affect Kaepernick’s spot with the team even though keeping him means they have to deal with the controversy.
The team announced their final roster on Saturday and the controversial quarterback was not part of the 20-player cut.
Aside from not standing during a national anthem, Kaepernick was also seen to be wearing socks with a printed image of cartoon pigs wearing police hats.