49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines when he refused to stand for the national anthem before Friday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick 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 spokesman Brian McCarthy said Saturday that “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”
Here’s what people on Twitter had to say about Kaepernick’s stance:
Compiled by Stu Rosenberg