Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning to discuss former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick being named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine.
“He's really stolen one of the greatest moments of Americana in professional sports out of everybody's life,” said Mast, who served in Afghanistan. “And I don't think that's worthy of praise.”
Instead, Mast referred to others like friend Rob Jones — also a double-amputee veteran — who ran 31 marathons in 31 days to help raise money for charity.
“That's inspiration, that's drawing the best out of people, that's the kind of person you name something after and you honor — not somebody that goes out there and finds a way to divide this country,” Mast said.
Kaepernick has become a divisive figure ever since he began sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem prior to games as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick has become involved in social work, having pledged $1 million — in addition to proceeds from jersey sales — toward oppressed communities.
Some organizations he is partnering with, according to his website, are DREAM, which offers after-school activities to New York City children; Coalition for the Homeless; and The Gathering for Justice's War on Children, a forthcoming program that seeks to reduce child incarceration.
The NFL Players Association named Kaepernick its Community MVP for Week 1 of the 2017 season, noting he has given $900,000 thus far.
Watch Mast's interview below.