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  • 31 Jan
    导出博客文章San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he refused to stand during
    the national anthem on Friday because of his views on the countrys treatment of
    racial minorities.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 told NFL
    Media after Fridays game. 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 acknowledged in
    a statement that Kaepernick sat on the teams bench during the national anthem
    before San Franciscos game against the Green Bay Packers?in Santa Clara,
    California.The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the
    pregame ceremony, the statement said. It is an opportunity to honor our country
    and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In
    respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of
    expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or
    not, in our celebration of the national anthem.Kaepernick told NFL Media that he
    did not tell the team he was planning to protest the national anthem.This is not
    something that I am going to run by anybody, he said. I am not looking for
    approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take
    football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is
    right.Addressing reporters on a conference call on Saturday, 49ers coach Chip
    Kelly called Kaepernicks actions his right as a citizen.?We recognize his right
    to do that, Kelly said. Its not my right to tell him not to do something.Kelly
    added that he hadnt received any feedback from his players regarding the
    much-debated actions of his quarterback.Im sure some of them would be aware of
    it after reading the accounts today, but no one has expressed anything, Kelly
    said. Well talk about it as a team tomorrow.Keenan Reynolds, who played his
    college ball at Navy and is trying to make the Baltimore Ravens roster as a
    receiver and kick returner, said Kaepernick has the right to take such a
    stance.Obviously, being in the military, Im proud of that position, Im proud of
    being able to defend the country, so humbled [by] other people that came before
    me and gave their lives so I can play on the field and run around and we can
    live freely in this country, Reynolds said. But like I said, thats his right,
    and hes going to do what he has to do.New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz,
    speaking after Saturday nights preseason game against the?Jets, said he
    disagreed with Kaepernicks actions.I think, personally, the flag is the flag,
    regardless of how you feel about the things that are going on in America today
    and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things
    of that nature, Cruz said. You got to respect the flag, and you got to stand up
    with your teammates. Its bigger than just you, in my opinion. You go up there,
    youre with a team, and you go and pledge your allegiance to the flag, and you
    sing the national anthem with your team, and then you go about your business.
    Whatever your beliefs are, are your beliefs.Colin is his own man. He decided to
    sit down and sit out, and thats his prerogative. But on a personal standpoint,
    you have to stand up there and understand that this game and whats going on
    around the country is bigger than just you.Kaepernick also did not stand for the
    national anthem during the other preseason games, but he wasnt dressed for those
    contests because of tightness in his right shoulder.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy
    said Saturday that players?are encouraged but not required to stand during the
    playing of the national anthem.Pro Football Talk initially reported that
    Kaepernick did not stand during the anthem. He was not asked about his decision
    during his postgame news conference, which was held before the Pro Football Talk
    report.Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents. He
    has been outspoken on his Twitter account on civil rights issues and in support
    of the Black Lives Matter movement.Numerous high-profile athletes have spoken
    out about civil rights issues in the wake of gun violence throughout the United
    States. In July, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul
    opened the ESPYS with a call for social change and an end to violence, and WNBA
    players wore warm-up shirts to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Wades cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was killed by gunfire in
    Chicago on Friday, a day after Wade participated in a series of panel
    discussions on gun violence hosted by The Undefeated on ESPN.Kaepernick told NFL
    Media that he had thought about going public with his feelings for a while but
    said, I felt that I needed to understand the situation better.In a series of
    tweets on Saturday, Giants?offensive lineman Justin Pugh reiterated his position
    on why he stands for the national anthem.Kaepernick joins team sports athletes,
    including Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Carlos Delgado, in refusing to participate
    during patriotic American songs. Abdul-Rauf was suspended one game by the NBA in
    1996 for not standing during the national anthem, saying the United States had a
    history of tyranny and doing so would conflict with his Islamic beliefs. He
    later agreed to stand and pray silently during the song. Delgado would leave the
    field in 2004 during God Bless America in protest of the Iraq War.Kaepernick
    made his preseason debut on Friday against the Packers. He went 2 for 6 passing
    for 14 yards and added 18 yards on four carries in the 49ers 21-10 loss.Kelly
    was asked Saturday if he expects Kaepernick to make the 53-man roster.Yeah, hes
    competing with?Blaine [Gabbert]?to see who our starting quarterback is going to
    be, Kelly said. We havent had any discussions in terms of starters right now.
    Our whole focus today was really making our cuts to 75.?ESPN staff writer Nick
    Wagoner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the
    postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
    The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05
    scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p.
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