President Obama weighs in on NFL player Colin Kaepernick!
President Obama has opened about NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his decision to not stand during the National Anthem before pre-season games. And it was nothing but positive vibes.
The 55-year-old President of The United States opened said:
“Colin Kaepernick is exercising his constitutional right” [by not standing for the national anthem].
“I gotta confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here and I haven’t been follow this closely,” Obama said Monday during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in China. “But my understanding, at least, is that is he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. As a general matter, when it comes to the flag the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who’ve fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are,” he said. “But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he’s doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about [racial injustice, etc].”
And if there’s one thing we can agree on it’s that these topics do need to be talked about because they are vital to each and every-one of us in the world. Let us know what you think about the whole situation in the comments section below.
Obama says Kaepernick ‘exercising constitutional right’ to protest anthem