As we covered earlier today, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced that he intended to double down on his shocking protests of the National Anthem, even during tonight’s NFL game, dubbed Military Night in honor of San Diego’s active and retired military personnel.
And sure enough, he decided that not even our men and women in uniform warranted putting his political agenda aside for one night.
Rare reports that not only did Kaepernick not stand for Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell’s rendition of the “Star-Spangled banner,” he took a knee:
Colin Kaepernick ain’t having it today ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 https://t.co/aFu90nTRIi
— The Prince Of NJ (@iamLilKarl) September 2, 2016
Teammate Eric Reed joined his arrogant, uninformed protest, and several other fellow 49ers reportedly hugged him afterward.
Kaepernick has tried to have it both ways by insisting that he has “great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” because they fight for the justice that he falsely accuses America’s police of denying to black Americans.
Never mind that the National Anthem is an ode to very principles he claims to be speaking out for, rather than an affirmation of any real or imagined offense. In fact, as a national display of patriotism, it’s more closely associated with the military than to any local police force (although our men and women in blue, of course, do uphold America’s principles as well).
So it was to be expected that plenty of fans wouldn’t be quite as happy with him, and voiced their displeasure with boos and even some cursing:
Kap run on. pic.twitter.com/MabgrujH1R
— Alex Flanagan (@Alex_Flanagan) September 2, 2016
The divide between the values of entertainers and their audiences continues.