He further noted, "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way". People are being given paid leave for killing people.
In a message posted to his Twitter account Monday night, Rice publicly blasted Kaepernick for "disrespecting the flag".
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"We come out to make these statements to encourage other people to raise their voices enough that people will sit down and have some common discussion about social issues that have been pushed under the rug for eons", he said. "When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand".
In the letter, Halloran said that Kaepernick is staging a protest "based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis".
San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of intense scrutiny since he refused to stand for the national anthem at a preseason game last week, and now one of his former teammates is joining in the criticism. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.
Regardless of Rice's words, Kaepernick already has plans to continue his sit-down protest during subsequent playings of the anthem, per Maiocco.
Jim Brown, who is also one of the few reasonable choices as greatest National Football League player ever, said he supported Kaepernick.
Not all of the reaction to Kaepernick has been negative.
"I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world".
"I think it's - personally - not a good thing", Trump said on the "Dori Monson Show" Monday. Just because the national anthem isn't ordinarily shown doesn't mean it shouldn't be shown when there are extenuating circumstances, and in this case there are certainly extenuating circumstances. "If I do, I know I did what's right and I can live with that at the end of the day", said the QB. "He's within his rights and he's telling the truth as he sees it and I am with him 100 percent".