(KTVU) - Colin Kaepernick's parents have spoken out showing support for their son in kneeling during the National Anthem.
In a statement to The Undefeated Teresa and Rick Kaepernick wrote, "Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on hte line for those beliefs."
"As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others."
According to ESPN, Teresa Kaepernick said they originally did not want to make a statement but were shocked by all of the reports that she and her husband do not support the 49ers quarterback.
The statement continued, "Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country. He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, be we know that people will believe what they wish to believe".