Colin Kaepernick sits out the National Anthem…is he exercising his rights?

Millionaire quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he will not stand up for the National Anthem until black people are no longer oppressed. One might say he is exercising his rights but do his rights supercede the rights of his employer? The football field is his workplace and the employer controls the space. Kaepernick has a right to his opinion but not on the football field. NBC commentator Rodney Harrison went as far as to question Kaepernick’s blackness. Harrison has since apologized. Donald Trump has said Kaepernick should go to a country that aligns with his viewpoint. The quarterback need not leave the country but he should take his protest off the football field. Share your thoughts.

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  • Bill  On August 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Just how long is Kaepernick prepared to sit out the anthem? Will the oppression have abated by game three, game five or seven? His ultimatum doesn’t sound very well thought out to me because I doubt if the oppression as he sees it will end anytime soon.

    But he does have the right to freely express his protest unless there is a breech of terms of his contract. And the entire world has the right to respond to his behavior however they choose within legal limits.

  • elogam  On August 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, he is absolutely within his rights. His employer does not have a hard stance on this issue, unlike the LA Rams, so it’s probably not a workplace issue. San Francisco is arguably one of the most liberal major cities on the West Coast. Patriotism is pretty much optional. Truth be told, the locals have more of a problem with his bad play than with his “stance”; they support BLM by and large too. So this poor oppressed millionaire is well within his rights. I don’t agree with his antics, so I’m well within MY rights to say I think he’s a petulant, ungrateful troll who wouldn’t be doing this if he was well ensconced as the starter on a competitive team.

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