Last week, we reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick turned on America on Friday when he refused to stand as the national anthem played before a game.
Kaepernick tried to defend his shameful show of disrespect by race-baiting.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said of his protest. “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.”
Now, Kaepernick’s show of disrespect has come back to bite him in a big way.
Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, as well as his critical words directed at officers across the nation, have the Santa Clara police union saying its officers might stop working San Francisco 49ers home games.
NBC Bay Area obtained a letter, penned by union members, to the San Francisco 49ers stating that if the organization does not take action against Kaepernick, “it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
The letter also stated that “the board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior.”
Officers are frustrated and angered with Kaepernick’s comments about police brutality and the San Francisco quarterback’s decision to wear socks during practice that depict pigs in police uniforms, according to the association.
The San Francisco 49ers organization reiterated Friday night that it stands behind a statement it made immediately following reports of Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the playing of the national anthem before San Francisco preseason game against Green Bay last week.
In that statement, the franchise said, “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
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