All this talk of Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the National Anthem has went far beyond football. Many weren’t thrilled with the 49’ers quarterback’s strong words about why he did it. Instigating and challenging authority when it comes to race and what he considers police brutality.
Martin Halloran, the San Francisco Police Officers Association president, sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York disapproving Kaepernick's "foolish" statements and a "candor" and "total lack of sensitivity" toward police officers, along with an "incredible lack of knowledge" about officer-involved shootings.
The police union invited Kaepernick and everyone else from the league to come visit the San Francisco police academy to build communication and understanding about the profession. "I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter," Halloran had wrote. "Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis."
Colin Kaepernick, who has already sat through the National Anthem at all three 49ers preseason games so far, is prepared to keep fighting for what he believes in, even if he stands alone.
"The fact that it has blown up like this, I think it's a good thing. It brings awareness," Kaepernick told reporters. "Now, I think people are really talking about it, having conversations about how to make change. What's really going on in this country? And we can move forward. ...There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police. So that's a large part of it and they're government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that's something that this country has to change. There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher."