Published On: Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

Colin Kaepernick, other NFL players continue national anthem protests


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Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid knelt during the US national anthem

The quarterback knelt during the Star Spangled Banner alongside teammate Eric Reid to highlight what he claims to be oppression of black people in the States

NFL star Colin Kaepernick has continued his protest against the US national anthem after kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner prior to the San Francisco 49ers’season opener.

He was joined by teammate Eric Reid before the clash against Los Angeles Rams which was televised across the States on Monday Night Football.

The 49ers cruised to a 28-0 victory but it was Kaepernick who once again took the headlines after continuing his pre-season protest over what he believes to be oppression of black people in the US.

Fellow 49ers stars Antoine Bethea and Eli Harold raised their fists during the anthem, as did Rams players Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn.

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Kaepernick once again hit the headlines for his protest

Kaepernick’s stance has polarised opinion across America, with many saying the protest shows disrespect to the American flag.

However, his jersey is currently the best-selling across the whole of the NFL.

Several players across the league joined Kaepernick’s protest over the opening weekend, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11, either kneeling or raising fists during the anthem.

Miami Dolphins stars Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills all knelt during Star Spangled Banner.


Rams stars Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn joined the protest

Their opponents Seattle Seahawks, however, stood with their arms linked to show unity, as did Kansas City Chiefs, but Marcus Peters raised a black-gloved fist, reminiscent of US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.

Dolphins linebacker Jenkins said: “I chose to get involved to see if I could create change, raise awareness.

“I want to make it clear that there is no disrespect to the military or to police officers. I’m not about that. I would like to keep moving forward in the right direction with everybody: equal rights, equal opportunity.

“It doesn’t seem that it’s happening. That’s why I took a stand.”


Courtesy: Mirror

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- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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