US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has told NFL’s San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick to “find a country that works better for him” after the player refused standing up to sing the U.S national anthem on Friday before the San Francisco 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
Colin, said he will continue to sit down whenever the national anthem is played as a protest, until there’s an improvement in what he deems as racial injustice in the United States.
According to the Billionaire business mogul, Colin’s decision is a ‘terrible thing’
“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen,” Trump told The Dori Monson Show on Monday, per Buzzfeed.
Kaepernick has refused to stand during the national anthem during the Niners’ three preseason games this summer, telling NFL Media’s Steve Wyche that his decision is based on perceived societal wrongdoings against African-Americans and minorities in the U.S.
“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 Wyche Friday night. “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.”
Colin reiterated his stand on Sunday night saying;
“I think the two presidential candidates that we currently have also represent the issues that we have in this country right now,” Kaepernick said. “You have Hillary who’s called black teens or black kids super predators. You have Donald Trump who is openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. Because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?”
Basketball legend, actor and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in the Washington Post that the NFL player deserved plaudits for his patriotism.
“What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracisation and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities.”