Police Union Threatens To Boycott 49ers Over Kaepernick
Sep 06 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Former all-pro safety and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison was the first person to insert the proverbial foot in his mouth by saying Kaepernick is "not black".
"I'd rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all", the president said.
Harrison, a current NBC analyst, continued: "When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they're looking at you like you about to steal something. But I also took the time to listen to him". But I don't doubt his sincerity. These stereotypes are real and happen every day.
In a letter sent to the 49ers, the police union complained that Kaepernick's "inappropriate behavior" has "threatened our harmonious working relationship".
"Sometimes that's messy and controversial and it gets people angry and frustrated", he said. But if he really wants to exercise his "rights", he should keep in mind that his team, police officers and fans can and should exercise theirs, too.
Last week, Kaepernick was seen wearing socks that featured the image of cartoon pigs wearing police hats - this at the same time the National Football League has prohibited the Dallas Cowboys football team from honoring the police officers slain recently in their community on their practice or game uniforms.
And plenty of people are labeling his jersey as a symbol of patriotism, and to make their own coupled political and fashion statements tied to the Black Lives Matter movement via their love of football.
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Boyd said that the two came to an agreement that Kaepernick would not sit during the anthem.
Expectations are low for the 49ers, generally picked to finish last in a tough NFC West that includes the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and newly-relocated Los Angeles Rams.
On Sunday, Megan Rapinoe, a star on the US women's national soccer team, took a knee during the national anthem before a match between the Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Bulls in support of Kaepernick.
There's no question Kaepernick is within his rights as an American to protest in the manner he has chosen just like he'd be within his rights as an American to burn a flag prior to a football game and use the attention that act might draw as an opportunity to express his opinions. "It's all the more admirable that he could be cut by the 49ers".
In the world we live in today, everything is scrutinized publicly thanks to the social media era. She's also a Berkeley graduate who is three years older than Kaepernick.