If a man stands for nothing…you know the rest.
“He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” the president said.
“During a press conference on Monday at the G20 Summit, President Barack Obama defended NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest of the National Anthem.
The San Fransisco 49ers quarterback on Friday refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner, saying that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
While Kaepernick’s protest has generated both praise and condemnation, the president framed the issue as one of free expression. “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama said on Monday. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so.”
“I don’t doubt his sincerity,” he added. “I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about.” Obama continued, “If nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”
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