It seems like everyone, including Donald Trump, has an opinion on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit through the national anthem. However, Cam Newton, the reigning NFL MVP, isn’t willing to judge his fellow quarterback.
Newton, who steered the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl earlier this year, believes Kaepernick is entitled to his views and shouldn’t feel influenced by the voices surrounding him.
“How does one-eighth of an inch — something so small — be the difference in such a big (subject)? And that’s the thickness of our skin: one-eighth of an inch. And under that we’re all the same color. You know? And that’s the big picture,” the star quarterback told ESPN.
Kaepernick, riding on the support from war veterans and former athletes-cum-social activists such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Carlos, has been deserted and criticized by most of his colleagues in the NFL, including a few teammates. However, Newton feels nobody is entitled to judge Kaepernick for his views.
Cam Newton: Who am I to judge Kaepernick?
“Who am I to say ‘Colin, you’re wrong’? And who am I to say ‘Bro, you’re right’? Because we all, you know, we all have the right to think whatever we wanna think. And I respect that by everybody,” added Newton.
Meanwhile, Kaepernick continued his protest against law-enforcement officials in the country on Thursday night during the San Francisco 49ers’ final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
This time around, Kaepernick received symbolic support from teammate Eric Reid, who took a knee just before the anthem began. According to reports, Reid, who was not in uniform, joined Kaepernick in the protest even though boos rained from the crowd at Qualcomm Stadium.
On Sunday, when asked if Kaepernick would re-consider his decision seeing as the Niners could be forced to release him from his contract, the defiant quarterback said his cause was more important that sports.
“Yes, I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change.
“When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand,” said the outspoken Kaepernick.
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers begin the new NFL season with a clash against the Denver Broncos on September 9. The Super Bowl 50 rematch will be played in the Mile High City.