Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, decided not to stand for the national anthem at football games. He did this on Friday and on Sunday, he was still defending it.
I may disagree with Kaepernick, not only for what he did but also his reasoning, but as a supporter of free speech, free expression and protest, I back his right to do it but that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences for his actions.
The 28 year-old who a few years ago led his team to their first Super Bowl in 18 years is now fighting for his job.
Some claim Kaepernick pulled this stunt to get attention and this is more about his career, than politics, but I doubt it. His social media posts are full of political statements, black lives matters posts, Malcolm X, retweets of left wing politics.
But potential consequences for his career aside, I’m left wondering what the NFL will do.
Watch as I review other “controversial” issues that have arisen and point out what seems like selective application of decisions from the NFL.
What message does it send to fans when the Dallas Cowboys’ attempts to wear a helmet decal to honour five slain police officers is rejected but overt political statements and actions on divisive issues are allowed to go unchallenged.
With the season opening soon and politics on the agenda in a hotly contested and divisive election this fall, the league has some decisions to make soon.