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Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, says he will continue to sit during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality and injustices of people being oppressed.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, says he will continue to sit during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality and injustices of people being oppressed. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Kaepernick arrogant, disrespectful

Re “Kap sparks debate with anthem protest” (Sports, Aug. 28): San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the national anthem, saying he refused to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people.” How arrogant of him to disrespect the flag that represent the thousands of people who died in wars to protect his right to sit on his derrière.

Our country is not perfect and we do still have issues to address, but that is not reason to disrespect the flag that represents all people, especially those who are trying to make our country better. He is too blinded to recognize he is so fortunate to live in this country and had opportunities due to that fact.

Dennis Conti, Lincoln

49ers’ quarterback is not a hero

Colin Kaepernick is no hero. He is a man who is overpaid to play a violent game before millions of people. Real heroes are the men and women of all color who serve our country 24/7, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to ensure the freedom of individuals to express themselves, even if it’s in bad taste.

If Kaepernick wants to prevent violence in this country (and who does not?), he should do something about it, not sit on his butt during the national anthem. He could become a Big Brother. He could establish a gym or clubhouse in poor areas to provide children with a safe place to gather. He could establish scholarships for poor students so they can get the education they need to move ahead in this world.

If he just wants to make a statement, he could have written it on his body, if there is any room left.

Patricia Gantenbein,


Find a country without prejudice

So, the poor, little millionaire rich boy feels that he is among the oppressed in America and refuses to stand up for our national anthem. If he has such a problem with America, what’s keeping him here? Why not leave and go live in all of those many countries that have no prejudice, no problems and are so much better than the United States?

But, if not, how about showing respect for the men and women who gave their lives so you could play your game of football by standing up with your right hand over your heart for a few seconds while our proud anthem plays? Otherwise, bon voyage.

Mike Fredericks, Folsom

Hey Kap, get off your butt!

To paraphrase my old boss, “If you don’t propose a solution, you’re just complaining.” Colin Kaepernick complains that some police officers have only six months of training and less than is required of a cosmetologist. Well, he does have the means to express his views. He should lobby Congress to require more training for police. Do community outreach. In the meantime, get off your butt and show some respect for a country that does so much good here and abroad.

Connie Clark, Sacramento

A hard lesson: Not all speech is free

Colin Kaepernick’s protest is protected speech, no matter how selfish, immature, irresponsible and harmful it is. Speech protected by the lives of the women and men serving this country, the people he disrespected. Speech protected by his team and teammates, the people being distracted at a time when they need focus. Speech protected by his fans, the people left stunned and bewildered by his outrageous act, and forced to take sides.

He is an overpaid, second-rate quarterback, whose time has passed. Cut him from the team and move on.

A hard lesson in First Amendment rights: Not all speech is free.

Eugene King, Sacramento

Disrespecting the flag, the country

As a veteran I feel obligated to respond to Colin Kaepernick for all those who can no longer speak because they either died serving the country or were severely injured and cannot respond.

No matter what has happened in the streets, and we all know a percentage of the incidents were wrong, to come out and disrespect the flag of our country was another wrong, and it did not help the community of color. This was just another divisive incident that will not help to heal.

There were many positive things he could have done to help heal relations in the community, as opposed to building more controversy. He stated he did not care about losing endorsements, etc., but I bet he will still accept his $11 million for this year. It is sad that he didn’t think first about the men and women of all colors before his actions.

Jim Meeter, Herald

Choosing to boycott Kap

In America, we are free to exercise our rights, and Colin Kaepernick has chosen not to stand and respect our national flag during our national anthem. As a citizen of the United States of America, he has that right.

I choose to exercise my rights as well. I choose not to buy any product that has anything to do with Kaepernick. Further, I choose not to watch any television program, including 49er games, where Kaepernick is involved.

Carlos Negrete, Roseville


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