‘You should never play in the NFL again. Move to Canada’: 49ers fans burn Kaepernick jerseys to the national anthem after the $114million sport star refused to stand ‘to protest black oppression’, by Chris Pleasance.
Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest.
Kaepernick’s father was African American but he was raised by a white couple alongside their two children after being put up for adoption as a youngster. He gets paid $19m a year to play football.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem on Friday as part of a protest against ‘the oppression of black people’.
Kaepernick, 28, sat on the team’s bench during the anthem before the Niners played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
Explaining his decision, Kaepernick – whose father is African American – said he refuses to feel pride for a country that mistreats minorities.
He told NFL Media: ‘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.