(KTVU and AP) - Following the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decision to remain seated during the National Anthem before Friday's preseason game, the NFL has released a statement appearing to show he will not receive a punishment.
According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem".
Many current and former athletes took to Twitter to state their opinions:
Kaep is using his platform & brand to make a compelling & polarizing point, which is his right, even if it's met with ire!#idontagree— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) August 27, 2016
This guy is a joke. Get lost. You don't like it in a country that has given you opportunity to succeed? Then get out https://t.co/Dwssw2I1zA— AUBREY HUFF (@aubrey_huff) August 27, 2016
Kapernick said, He stated, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color."
He added, "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."