29 Aug '16, 2pm

NFL QB's protest of national anthem riles some veterans

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem before NFL games this season drew immediate passionate reaction from fans, including veterans and military families who feel personally affected by the decision. Kaepernick began sitting out the pregame anthem tradition during the team’s preseason contests earlier this month, and last week told reporters he was doing so to protest racial inequality in America. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "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." NFL officials and personnel offered a mixed reaction to the protest. His team issued a statement late last week calling the a...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/kaepernick-national...

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