Serena Williams Thinks ‘Every Human’ Should Be ‘Grateful and Honored’ Kaepernick Started Anthem Protests

Pro-tennis player Serena Williams is supporting former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem.

“I think every athlete, every human and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored,” Williams told The Associated Press.

Along with Kaepernick, she also praised another former San Francisco 49ers player, Eric Reid, after the pair showed up at the U.S. Open on Friday.

The NFL protests during the national anthem continued into this season, stirring up controversy, but it all began when Kaepernick first knelt during the 2016 season in protest to police brutality and racial inequality.

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After her match, Williams met with the two former football players and said she’s honored and that they “are doing so much more for the greater good.”

“They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable,” she continued. “I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

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“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the NFL Media in 2016.

“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he added.

Along with others, President Donald Trump has not kept quite about his disagreement with the kneeling during the anthem:

As previously reported by IJR, 54 percent of Americans view the NFL protest during the national anthem as “inappropriate.”

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