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