Written by: Brandon Busuttil – Staff Writing Intern (@bbusuttil15)
When I first heard about this happening, I wasn’t sure what to think of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has certainly, outraged people from all over the country, and has set himself up for a lot of criticism by NFL fans, and media.
With the events that have been engulfing our nation in the recent year(s), police shooting of African-Americans, has definitely made headlines and is something that Colin Kaepernick has taken a stand to, or rather should I say…a seat.
The first game that Kaepernick decided to sit during the national anthem, people were outraged, confused, and just plainly thought Kaepernick was being disrespectful. From last night’s game we see that he wasn’t the only one feeling that way, as more NFL players joined Kaepernick in refusing to stand during the national anthem. Not only that, other celebrities, and professional athletes have called out in support of Kapernick. If you have been following this story close enough, you will know that some veterans and military personnel are also supporting Kaepernick.
If you saw during Thursday night’s game instead of sitting during the national anthem Kaepernick along with teammate Eric Reid took a knee. Kaepernick said,
“We were talking to him about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from the military, not take away from pride in our country but keep the focus on what the issues really are. As we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed and there was also a way to show more respect for the men and women that fight for this country.”
Whether you believe Kaepernick is doing the right thing or not is a discussion in itself. But it seems Kaepernick is starting to get people to understand his cause of action. I must admit, from watching this story unfold, Kapernick has done a much better job as of late, to try and have people understand his reasons for his actions, and has addressed the issue with a level of maturity I did not think he had.
However, at the end of the day, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the most prolific statement with this issue stating “At some point in the very near future he needs to figure out a way where he can be a part of the solution”. It is no longer about protesting, Kapernick has the attention to make a difference and express solutions. What does Kaepernick do next now that all eyes are on him?