Colin Kaepernick to continue anthem protest in Chargers game

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The quarterback says he would not honor a song nor "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Thursday night’s preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers will be interesting to watch, but not really for the football.

Many will tune in at 9 p.m. CDT to see what happens when the national anthem plays at the game billed as the 28th Annual Salute to the Military.

Will 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continue his protest of the US flag by sitting during the anthem? That anthem, by the way, will be performed by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell from the US Navy.

And how will the crowd react to whatever Kaepernick decides to do?

The quarterback has said he’ll again refuse to stand, just as he’s done for the first three preseason games.

“I’m going to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” he said Sunday. “To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, is representing the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Kaepernick is expected to start Thursday night’s game in San Diego.

On Tuesday, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that he will rest quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who is the presumptive favorite to be named the starter for Week 1. Kaepernick has been limited this preseason — he had an extended layoff, recovering during the offseason from shoulder surgery last November.

“We feel like the bulk of work for what he needs to do we’ve got a good understanding of where Blaine is,” Kelly said. “And unfortunately because of Colin’s injury and missing those first two preseason games, he’s only got 13 snaps. So, we’ve got to move forward and see if we can get him some more snaps here.”

But a big question heading into Thursday night isn’t about Kaepernick’s shoulder. It’s how he’ll be received by the crowd.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Kaepernick said Tuesday he doesn’t fear for his safety.

“No, because if something happened, you’d be proving my point,” Kaepernick said, according to the report.

He later said, “I knew what I was walking into. That’s why it’s a sacrifice.”

Chargers to celebrate the military

As was previously scheduled, the Chargers will celebrate their annual salute to the military Thursday, paying tribute to the hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego.

The Marine Band San Diego will perform pregame along with the Frog X parachute team, featuring retired Navy SEALs who will float down into Qualcomm Stadium.

According to a statement from the team, 240 sailors, marines and soldiers will present a US Super Flag and service emblems from all branches of service during the national anthem, and color guards from the Navy, Marine Corps and Army will present the flag.

“At halftime the Chargers will recognize six Vietnam War veterans as a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the war and will also have wounded warriors as special guests and a patriotic fireworks show to wrap up halftime.

“At the start of the third quarter, Petty officer 1st Class Steven Powell will return to the field where he will perform “God Bless America,” the Chargers statement said.

‘It’s his right as a citizen’

Kelly said Tuesday he hopes to name a starter sometime after the Chargers game. He also said that Kaepernick is one of the best two quarterbacks on the roster.

“My dealings with Colin since April is when he’s here, he’s all about ball and he’s been great with that,” Kelly said. “So, that’s what I deal with, and that’s how we interact, and he’s been great. You guys watch him. When he’s not in, he’s mirroring the quarterback. He’s getting as many mental reps as he can. He obviously had a setback in camp because of the shoulder, but from a football standpoint, he’s been excellent.”

As for not standing for the national anthem, Kelly said he didn’t ask Kaepernick his reasoning for it.

“No, and it’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said.

13 comments

  • Brandon53216

    this Great country that has “oppressed” you is also paying you that fat @ss check that you spend. Send him to the middle east let him be the new jihad John. Let his see how good he has it because of the flag. The very sane flag he spits on when he gets a chance.

  • Ellen Hess

    Kaepernick…I think toooo much PR is being given to you for your unpatriotic act against an object of history. Of course, all libs look for an object to attack and rid our country of it’s history. Jump off the San Francisco bridge!!!

  • Ellen Hess

    Kaepernick, I think this ploy is another PR gig for you. Furthermore you should find a new resident country with your unpatriotism of the one you have used for your financial benefit and gratification. Another lib using a historical object as the target so we will let you force us to retire our FLAG. Jump off the San Francisco Bridge.

  • phacepalm

    If Krap was serious he wouldn’t play football under this flag with so much “oppression” going on. But then he wouldn’t get paid. He is such a phony.

    After tonight he might not be playing anywhere. He will have all the time in the world to continue this fake stance.
    With no pay check either.

  • unicorns and rainbows

    Fine. NFL.com will continue to disable comments on this subject (like Faux 6 does on certain issues) and I will continue to lose interest in a once great league that is being ruined by liberals and their liberal leadership (Roger Goodell)

  • Had ENOUGH!

    Ok.. Kaepernick knows he’s about to be cut from the niners for sucking as a QB… so… he draws attention to himself by doing a BLM-style protest. This way.. when he does get cut.. he can cry “racism!”

  • whogivearatsasswhatcoloryouare.

    How are white people oppressing black people? It seems to me that evidence point towards black people oppressing black people.

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