Many patriotic Americans continue to fume over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem. Others, those who see freedom as the very principle that makes us Americans, may not agree with his protests, but respect his right to protest. Yet his decision to involve police, the very people tasked with protecting Colin Kaepernick and his ridiculous salary, is about to get very real.
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Every NFL game has a very active police presence. And the Santa Clara Police, those responsible for working 49ers games, may exercise their right to sit out 49ers games the way Colin Kaepernick sits out the anthem. But it isn’t because of his sitting–in this case it has more to do with Kaepernick’s socks.
The Santa Clara police union told the 49ers that officers wouldn’t police the game if the 49ers administration refuses to “take action” against Kaepernick. 70 Santa Clara police officers are slated to work eight home games this year.
“The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior,” the statement read.
The 49ers organization, answering the criticism, has released a statement supporting Kaepernick’s freedom of expression.
“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the organization said.
Colin Kaepernick began his protests by sitting through the National Anthem. Then, photographers captured images of him at a practice wearing socks with police officers depicted as pigs. On Thursday night, he modified his protest by kneeling at the anthem. And it seems his message is catching on. He was joined by defensive back Eric Reed in his protest.
On other teams, there are more protests. Seattle Seahawks player Jeremy Lane sat during the anthem when the Seahawks played the Oakland Raiders.
Kaepernick, who has taken heat for the massive salary he receives for throwing a football, is answering his critics. H has pledged to donate the first $1 million he makes this season to fight the issues he’s protesting against.