“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after Friday’s game. “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.”
It is his right to protest. It is also the right of his employers and/or the NFL to decide that they don’t want that kind of behavior in their organizations.
And it is also my right to call him a spoiled idiot whose stunt is offensive to the millions of Americans who respect that flag and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who bled and died for it.