SAN FRANCISCO — Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, says he is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other racial minorities, the Associated Press reported.
During the anthem before the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game Friday night, Kaepernick sat on the team’s bench.
In an interview, Kaepernick later told NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.”