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US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says the NFL quar­ter­back who is re­fus­ing to stand for the na­tional an­them is the lat­est in a long line of pro­fes­sional ath­letes who have ex­er­cised their con­sti­tu­tional right to make a state­ment about so­cial is­sues. When asked about Colin Kaeper­nick’s protest ges­ture, Obama said he has no doubt that the San Fran­cisco 49ers player is sin­cere and “cares about some real, le­git­i­mate is­sues”. Obama says he hasn't paid close at­ten­tion to the mat­ter. But he adds ap­prov­ingly that Kaeper­nick has gen­er­ated more na­tional conversation about “is­sues that need to be talked about”.

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