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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for National Anthem in Protest of Minorities’ Treatment

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers walks on the field during warm ups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers walks on the field during warm ups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kaepernick sat on the team’s bench Friday night during the anthem before the 49ers played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game. He later explained his reasoning in an interview with NFL Media

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “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.”

The 49ers issued a statement after Pro Football Talk initially reported on Kaepernick’s stand, saying that Americans have the right to protest or support the anthem.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

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