ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The San Francisco 49’s quarterback is sparking up controversy as he decided to ride the bench during the singing of the National Anthem at a preseason game.
Colin Kaepernick was pictured sitting while the rest of the team stood. The QB says he refuses to honor a flag representing a country which he feels oppresses black people and people of color.
His actions sparked conversations around the nation and league. Some of his teammates sounded off, defending their playmaker; the 49ers head coach Chip Kelly says this won’t impact his game.
Rex Ryan and Sen. Chuck Schumer weighed in on it, too. The two are seeing eye-to-eye on the issue.
“The opportunity we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country,” said Rex Ryan, the Bills Head Coach. “That’s [singing the anthem] an opportunity, right there, to show respect. I think when you see our team, every one of us are on that line and that’ s our way of giving thanks.”
“People should protest if they feel something is wrong but not standing up for the Star Spangled Banner is wrong,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer. “That flag represents all of us. It gives us the freedom to protest.”
And Kaepernick says he’ll keep protesting and sitting out during the anthem until he sees change.