SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back in the headlines.
Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the national anthem before Thursday night’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
The 49ers star caused a ruckus after he chose to sit down during the national anthem the week before. He said there are police officers who use their power to oppress minorities groups like blacks and Hispanics.
Kaepernick said he, teammate Eric Reid, and former NFL player Nate Boyer talked about what could be done to protest oppression against minorities without dishonoring members of the military and veterans. Boyer is a former Green Beret who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He also played football at the University of Texas and was later drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.
“As we talked about, we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed, and it was also a way to try to show more respect to men and women that fight for this country,” said Kaepernick.
This isn’t the only way the quarterback is making headlines. He’s been sporting anti-police socks for the past month at practice. The socks show pigs wearing police hats.
“We have cops that are murdering people. We have cops in the SFPD that are blatantly racist and those issues need to be addressed,” said Kaepernick. “The cops that are murdering people and the cops that are racist are putting other cops in danger, like my family, like my friends.”
Kaepernick is putting his money where his mouth is. He plans on donating $1 million to organizations helping communities in oppressed neighborhoods.