Colin Kaepernick’s White Mother Just Dropped A Bomb About His Anthem Protest

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been accused of disrespecting America and those who have sacrificed for her after he refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

According to Kaepernick, his motivation for doing so was because he refuses to show pride in a country that “oppresses people of color.”

“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick told reporters. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick, adopted by a white family shortly after he was born, was provided with a stable home and ample opportunities, leading to his career as a wealthy, professional athlete.

Kaepernick has earned almost $30 million during his professional football career.

Despite being adopted, Kaepernick still maintains a cordial relationship with his birth mother, Heidi Russo.

She did not take to kindly to her son’s recent actions, and on Saturday she publicly chided him for his disrespect:

The NFL released a statement in regards to Kaepernick’s actions: “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

49ers’ management also released a statement:

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

On Monday Kaepernick’s former football coach, Jim Harbaugh, weighed in on situation. “I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” he said.

After being criticized for his statements, Harbaugh clarified what he meant in a tweet later Monday.

Harbaugh’s brother, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, said he also disagrees with Kaepernick’s methods, although he strongly believes in Kaepernick’s right to express his opinions.

Harbaugh also noted that players need to be careful not to distract from the game and the team as a whole.

“None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. That’s the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that,” he said.

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