Written by: Brett J. Pietrzak – Vice President (@GrandstandBJP)
Former Patriots safety and current NBC Analyst Rodney Harrison sent shock waves through the media with his questionable comments about San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, who refused to stand up for the “Star Spangled Banner” during his teams last preseason game, has made headlines with his protest stating it was due to the countries negligence of “black oppression.” While many have different views on this issue, Rodney Harrison took it to a whole new level by attacking a factor of Colin Kaepernick’s life that should not be called in to question.
Colin Kaepernick was born to Heidi Russo and was later adopted by Teresa and Rick Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick is Biracial, but that can be classified as African-American in the United States Census Bureau.
Here is Rodney Harrison’s quote that was published to http://www.usatoday.com:
“Obviously he has the right to stand up for what he believes, but he has to understand there are consequences and might be backlash for what he said. You know a lot of people are criticizing him — I think his heart is in the right place, I just think he was going about it in the wrong way,” he said on Tuesday morning on SportsTalk 790. “If he really wants to make change, sitting his butt down [during the anthem], that’s not going to change, that’s going to get people very upset and he has to understand that. If you think sitting during the national anthem, a lot of people really served before his time, now, trying to give him the freedoms and the liberties that he has … and I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick — he’s not black. He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single [day] basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you about to steal something. I don’t think he faces those types of things.”
It is hard to believe that a man who is as successful at broadcasting as Rodney Harrison would say something of this magnitude, but clearly, everyone has their own opinion to this controversy.