Jerry Rice is the latest to chime in on Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
The former San Francisco 49ers great and Hall of Fame receiver told Kaepernick in a tweet Monday night he respects the Niners quarterback for taking a stance, but added that Kaepernick should not have disrespected the flag.
All lives matter. So much going on in this world today.Can we all just get along! Colin,I respect your stance but don't disrespect the Flag.
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) August 30, 2016
By saying “All lives matter,” Rice faced a backlash from supporters of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
— Daniel Green (@KnocNightowl951) August 30, 2016
Fellow Hall of Famer Jim Brown told NFL Network Monday he is “with (Kaepernick) 100 percent.” The three-time NFL MVP and actor is also an outspoken activist on social issues.
Kaepernick said he sat during the anthem before all three preseason games this year and will continue to do so as a form of protest for what he says is the oppression “of black people and people of color.” The “Black Lives Matter” movement was started to protest the deaths of black people who were shot by police officers, and to help bring awareness to racial profiling, police brutality and racial inequality in the country’s justice system.
Those issues were mentioned by Kaepernick when he explained his intent Sunday during an 18-minute news conference.
“Ultimately it’s to bring awareness and make people realize what’s going on in this country,” Kaepernick told reporters. “There are a lot of things going on that are unjust, people aren’t being held accountable for, and that’s something that needs to change.”