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Ever since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the National Anthem at a pre-season game last Friday, people everywhere can't seem to stop talking about it.
While plenty of people, including former teammates, have expressed their outward detest for Kaepernick's protest against “oppression of black people” in the U.S., there have been those who are standing by his side.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Kaepernick met with his fellow 49ers teammates Monday to tell his side of the story, as well as give others who opposed him the opportunity to share their opinions.
Tennessee native Daniel Kilgore still disagrees with his actions of not standing during the National Anthem, but now respects his right to do so:
“To be honest with you, I took offense to it, but after Kap stating his case today, and seeing where he was coming from, I do stand with Kap when he says, ‘Enough is enough against crime and the violence, discrimination and racism.’
I believe enough is enough. I can see where people would think it’s bad with the national anthem and the military. For me, I’m going to stand there every time. I’m going to think about and honor those who are fighting and those who have fought, my family members, my friends. If Kap decides not to, that’s his decision.”
Conversely, Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster expressed his support for Kaepernick right off the bat:
Left tackle for the Denver Broncos Russel Okung agreed, saying he didn't agree with the action, but they did fall under our First Amendment rights:
Adrian Clayborn, a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, said people shouldn't be so quick to judge the 49ers quarterback:
Despite support from his fellow NFL players, people are calling on the 49ers to fire Kaepernick for his actions.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team. I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends.
It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this off-season, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio.
Nothing to do with political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player.
I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
The 49ers have not yet commented on Kaepernick's future with the franchise.