Colin Kaeper­nick has been Wear­ing a Pair of Socks that De­pict Cops as Pigs

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

The 49ers quar­ter­back posted a state­ment about the socks, which he has worn to foot­ball prac­tice in the past, on In­sta­gram. San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick took to In­sta­gram on Thurs­day to ad­dress pho­tos of him wear­ing socks that de­pict po­lice of­fi­cers as pigs, ex­plain­ing that he be­lieves “rogue cops” cre­ate un­healthy en­vi­ron­ments.

The 28-year-old foot­ball player has been at the cen­tre of a heated de­bate on pa­tri­o­tism since he chose not to stand for the na­tional an­them be­fore a game on Au­gust 26, a move he said was in­tended to shed light on racial in­equal­ity and po­lice bru­tal­ity in the US.

In his In­sta­gram post, Kaeper­nick said that he wears the socks “be­cause the rogue cops that are al­lowed to hold po­si­tions in po­lice depart­ments, not only put the com­mu­nity in dan­ger, but also put the cops that have the right in­ten­tions in dan­ger by cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of ten­sion and mis­trust.”

He added that he has two un­cles and friends who are po­lice of­fi­cers, and that they “work to pro­tect and serve ALL peo­ple".

He re­leased the state­ment in or­der to pre­vent peo­ple from us­ing the pho­tos to “dis­tract from the real is­sue".

Pho­tos of Kaeper­nick sport­ing a pair of black socks with pigs wear­ing po­lice hats were shared by pho­to­jour­nal­ist Robb Ware on Twit­ter on Aug. 28.

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