Kaeper­nick to con­tinue US an­them boyco

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

COLIN Kaeper­nick says he will con­tinue to boy­cott the US na­tional an­them dur­ing Na­tional Foot­ball League games as a protest over the treat­ment of African Amer­i­cans.

The San Francisco 49ers quar­ter­back is re­fus­ing to stand while “The StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner” is played prior to the open­ing kick-off of pre-sea­son games.

“Yes, I’ll con­tinue to sit,” Kaeper­nick told US me­dia on Au­gust 28. “I’m go­ing to con­tinue to stand with the peo­ple that are be­ing op­pressed. To me this is some­thing that has to change.”

Kaeper­nick, who is black, says he won’t stand with his team­mates for the song un­til he sees mean­ing­ful change.

“When there’s sig­nif­i­cant change and I feel like that flag rep­re­sents what it’s sup­posed to rep­re­sent, this coun­try is rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple the way that it’s sup­posed to, I’ll stand.”

Kaeper­nick said his de­ci­sion comes af­ter years of both wit­ness­ing and be­ing a part of racial op­pres­sion.

“It’s some­thing that I’ve seen, I’ve felt,” he said.

Kaeper­nick has come un­der crit­i­cism, es­pe­cially on social me­dia cir­cles, and some Amer­i­cans have sug­gested that his ac­tions are dis­re­spect­ful to the US mil­i­tary.

“That wasn’t my in­ten­tion at all. I think now that we have those things cleared up, we can get to the root of what I was say­ing and re­ally ad­dress those is­sues,” he said.

‘I’m go­ing to con­tinue to stand with the peo­ple that are be­ing op­pressed.’

Colin Kaeper­nick

NFL quar­ter­back

The 49ers and the NFL also is­sued sub­se­quent state­ments, both not­ing that while they en­cour­age stand­ing for the an­them, there are no rules against it.

Kaeper­nick is not ex­pected to be dis­ci­plined. –

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