Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back > News & Media > Houston - Local News > Sports
Forgot info?

Welcome to! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

FREE MH Decals by MAIL!


Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 09-05-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 128,849

Obama: Kaepernick 'exercising constitutional right'

President Barack Obama said Monday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is "exercising his constitutional right" by not standing for the national anthem.

"I've got to confess that I haven't been thinking about football while I've been over here and I haven't been (following) this closely," Obama said Monday during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in China. "But my understanding, at least, is that is he's exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there's a long history of sports figures doing so."

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before 49ers pre-season games, protesting police violence against African-Americans.

Kaepernick's protests have spurred outrage in certain quarters, with some, including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling for him to leave the country.

Obama took a measured approach Monday, saying that members of the military, getting in harm's way for the flag and the country, could feel spurned by Kaepernick's protest, he is also glad that Kaepernick is speaking up.

"As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who've fought for us -- that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are," he said. "But I don't doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he's doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about."

Obama continued, "But I'd rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines."

Colin20Kaepernick 7834107 ver10 1280 720

NewsBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Danger's of a New Constitutional Convention CaJuNsOuLjA The Circus 26 03-18-2010 11:42 AM
constitutional convention witchdoctor575 Off Topic 10 12-14-2008 01:15 AM

Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:50 PM. is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy