Colin Kaepernick is still the hottest topic in sports. The quarterback’s decision to sit through the national anthem, followed by his justification to do so, hasn’t gone down well with the president of San Francisco’s police union.
While some have tried to reason with Kaepernick’s decision, the majority of voices reckon that that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback must be punished and even ejected from the league altogether.
Kaepernick, under fire for his comments, hasn’t caved into the criticism, maintaining that his actions are a way to challenge authority with regards to race relations which he reckons is a police brutality.
On Monday, Kaepernick, who has openly questioned the integrity of law-enforcement officers, felt the wrath of Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association.
Halloran sent out a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York with strong words about Kaepernick’s statements, which he called “naivete” and insensitive towards the police.
“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter,” wrote Halloran in his letter which was released to the media.
“Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”
The letter added that the police isn’t to blame for all of society’s evils. “The law enforcement community cannot be continuously blamed for all of society’s problems, including racial divide, in our country. It isn’t fair and it isn’t true.”
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Colin Kaepernick fights alone
Despite growing pressures and speculation that the Niners could cut Kaepernick from the roster, the quarterback isn’t ready to throw in the towel, proclaiming that he doesn’t need the support of his teammates or football city.
On Sunday, Kaepernick said that he was ready to go into battle with everyone who stood against him. “The fact that it has blown up like this, I think it’s a good thing. It brings awareness. Now, I think people are really talking about it. Having conversations about how to make change. What’s really going on in this country.
“And we can move forward. …There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher.”
Colin Kaepernick sat through the national anthem during three preseason games for the Niners. The new NFL season begins next week.