It is pretty well known that San Francisco is one of, if not the, most liberal cities in the USA.
It is also relatively well known that the NFL’s franchise owners make up arguably the most conservative group in world sport.
So what happens when the two come together? We may be about to find out.
Colin Kaepernick remained seated while his teammates stood for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of a match against the Green Bay Packers.
In the interest of full disclosure, the 49ers happen to be the author’s favourite football team. Do I believe this to be an honourable action by Kaepernick? In sentiment, definitely. His heart is most certainly in the right place.
“I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. And when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
Do I think it will actually lead to anything being done about race relations among US police? To use a football term, it’s probably something of a “Hail Mary pass”.
It will be interesting to see how owners, fans & mainstream media react to this “stance”, especially if he proceeds to carry it through the upcoming season.