FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Ginsburg is riding the wave of her cultural rockstardom, releasing a compilation of her writings that range from a high school editorial to summaries of some of her spiciest dissenting opinions. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has called the protests of football players who decline to stand for the national anthem “dumb and disrespectful.”

In a wide-ranging interview posted Monday on Yahoo , Ginsburg said she had the same opinion about flag burning.

“I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it,” she said. “I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have received national attention for refusing to stand for the anthem this year. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” Ginsburg said. “If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”

The 83-year-old justice made news this summer after criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Critics called her comments inappropriate for a sitting justice, and she later said the comments were “ill advised.”

In her latest interview, Ginsburg declined to weigh in when asked whether Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country is constitutional. She said the issue could end up before the high court.

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24 thoughts on “Supreme Court Justice Says Kaepernick Protest Is ‘Dumb And Disrespectful’

  1. Maybe Judge Ginsberg believe the senseless death by police of unarmed Black men are not dumb plus disrespectful. We tend to view those who hold like view as having dangerously racist thoughts which should not be voiced but she have constitutional right to do so.. If Kaepernick actions are dumb plus disrespectful they certainly are not dangerous nor do they embrace murder.
    Judge Ginsberg is beginning to show signs of bad judgment. Maybe it is time for her to retire.

  2. She is allowed to have an opinion just like you, and since you haven’t been thrown in jail for voicing yours I’d say she is doing her job, and nice try with the BLM talking head mantra yes black men are being gun down every day in the streets but by other black men not cops

    • Earl Thomas on said:

      You can NOT compar apples with oranges. Yes blacks are shooting other blacks, just like whites are shooting whites in schools, theaters and bars. The difference is that these people are Not sworn to uphold the law!!! You would expect a criminal to act like a criminal, that’s what they do, commit crime. However a officer who is sworn to uphold the law should do the same. My saying is when the law becomes lawless, there is no law!!!!

      • Dividing people by the type of crimes they commit is just silly. If you think blacks don’t shoot people in schools, theaters and bars, I’d like to know the address of the boulder you live under.

      • People are sworn to act civilized they do that by obeying laws and respecting others, when they fail to do so that’s what police are for, whites kill whites so lets look at that take all the Virginia techs, columbines , CO theater shootings and they still don’t add up to the body count just in Chicago this year, and the majority of police shootings are deemed justified not to mention the majority of police shootings involve white suspects, black men what your mamas need to teach you is armed or NOT when you get into a physical altercation with the PoPo the outcome is likely to end with your funeral, yes there are some bad shoots and they are going through the justice system now, but not every Black man shot by a cop is just some innocent man on his way to Vacation Bible School.

    • Just as you have blacks killing other blacks, you also have whites killing other whites on a daily basis. I read almost daily of senseless killings by white people, as well as blacks and other races. Yes, blacks are being killed in disproportionately large numbers in the USA. But, many of these aren’t being reported on a daily basis. Have you heard about the two black men and 1 Latino man killed by the cops in Los Angeles? I thought not! Did you hear about my neighbors son here in Iowa that killed his mother and the father the other day, which happened to be white? I thought not! You see, media puts out what THEY want you to see. Many news agencies are feeding your bias daily. Why do you think it is called tv programming? Wake up! You too have been programmed and brainwashed.

  3. What I find dumb and disrespectful are people in such positions criticizing and Amercian’s right of choice. Who gets to choose who stands for what. it should the individual. Not judges, presidents and people in positions to publicly sway others opinions. He didn’t ask anyone to sit with him. He sat alone, said why and that should be enough. I think its dumb and disrespectful that this is still a topic when men of color is being shot down everyday by police. Ok, now there are body cams on police, so what — they don’t turn the tapes in. Focus on what is important to EVERYONE lady!

  4. hoodtechie on said:

    wow!!look at how many of you liberals on this web site turn on a liberal supreme court I have said many times before the democrats don’t care about people of color,just their votes and now you see it front and center how they really you and your concerns.this will be if elected Hillary will treat you also.we are so gullible to the point where all the other races are laughing at us.

  5. Hakeem on said:

    As a supreme court judge she has the ability and power to decide on matters of equality and justice for people of color. She enforce laws on the books that call for body cameras, or that stupid North Carolina law that says that only a dash cam cannot be viewed by the public. In essence supreme court judge Ginsberg, do your job.

  6. OMG-I’m surprised by Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg’s comments regarding athletes of color and their refusal to stand during the National Anthem which is played at their games.

    Colin and others are merely exercising their “FREEDOM of SPEECH”–or doesn’t that apply to people of color?????????????????????????????????????????????

    Maybe this old cow needs to step down-since she is very out of touch with what is going on in Amerykah today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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