Spike Lee, Montel Williams and Chuck D were among the celebrities who have come out both for and against the national anthem sit-down protest staged by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Friday – a protest he vows to continue throughout the season. For a sampling of responses, see below.
After sitting out the anthem before Friday’s home pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers, the 28-year-old, biracial Kaepernick said in a press conference, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
He said, “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Reaction to Kaepernick’s stand was swift, with celebs voicing either strong support (like Spike Lee and Chuck D), dismissive disapproval of the quarterback (Montel Williams), or indifference (Chad Johnson).
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