Disrespectful tantrum, or fair practice of constitutional rights?
Either way, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making headlines around the world, after refusing to stand during the national anthem at a recent NFL preseason game. The athlete said his actions were in protest of ‘racial injustice’ in America.
“This isn’t something that should be hidden and shouldn’t be talked about. These conversations need to happen, and I think it’s something that can bring everybody closer,” Kaepernick said.
The move has sparked outrage among fans, causing literal firestorms on social media, as people post videos of Kaepernick jerseys being lit on fire.
Fellow NFL players are chiming in too.
“The flag is the flag.” You got to respect the flag, and you got to stand up with your teammates. It’s bigger than just you, in my opinion,” said New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz.
People in Salt Lake City are expressing mixed reactions as well — some defending Kaepernick, while others express total disappointment.
“I think it’s good he’s standing up for that issue in our country, and obviously so many people heard about it because of who he is,” said Abby Park, a pedestrian in Salt Lake City, Monday morning.
“You live in this country, you take advantage of all the freedoms that we provide you, and you’re just snubbing everything — all we’ve done to do that. So, I just thought it was childish,” said Eric Crawford, another person in Salt Lake City following the controversy.
The debate continues on social media, drawing in heated comments on ABC 4 Utah’s Facebook page.