Alex Boone on Colin Kaepernick: “It’s shameful”

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Colin Kaepernick and his current teammates with the 49ers had a meeting on Sunday that gave Kaepernick the chance to talk to them about his decision to sit during the national anthem.

Some of those teammates don’t agree with Kaepernick’s position, but none gave the sense that there will be a problem within the team because of the stance he’s taking. The same might not be true if Alex Boone was still on the team.

Boone jumped to the Vikings as a free agent this offseason and the guard said after Sunday’s game that he thinks there would have been a problem if he’d been on the same sideline as Kaepernick when Kaepernick kept his seat while the anthem played before a game.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Boone said in the locker room. “I was upset and disappointed. Like I said earlier, that flag gives you the right to do whatever you want and I understand that. Anquan [Boldin] said that and I agree with that. But at the same time, you have to show some respect, especially in this position we’re in where we’re playing a game for a living. It’s almost like disrespectful when you see all these pictures of these veterans that have no legs and they’re standing up in a wheelchair. I had a brother that served and he lost friends and I know how much it means to him. It’s shameful. I’m a very emotional person. So, I think if I had known that, my emotions would’ve been rolling — I think we would’ve had a problem on the sideline.”

We’ve seen a wide range of reactions to Kaepernick since Friday night, which illustrates that Americans have the same right to think or say whatever they want about his choice as he had to make it in the first place.

51 responses to “Alex Boone on Colin Kaepernick: “It’s shameful”

  1. I am not a Kaepernick guy, but this is America. He is free to express himself how he sees fit. However, as a person who served in the Marine Corps, I think Kaepernick is a D-bag. The flag doesn’t represent just today, it represents the entire history. A lot of men and women have died, or given up limbs, etc, so that this prima donna can disrespectfully protest, slapping them in the face.

    But if this is how he feels he can best be an activist for change, good for him. Assuming he really wants to help make changes. If he is just being one of those attention seeking d-bags that’s a different story. I don’t like what he did, and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that it was for, what he feels are the right reasons, but I feel like its the wrong way to express himself…

  2. I like Boone more and more since he became a Viking. Big personality, fierce competitor, and a great locker room guy. I just picture him grabbing Kappernick and making him stand on the sideline.

  3. Don’t worry Alex, you have other things to think about now, like being on a winning team and punching Steroid enhanced long haired girly boys like Clay Matthews in the mouth.

  4. Your brother’s friends died for the rights Kaepernick (and everyone else) has. Get a grip.

    Everyone is anti-“political correctness” in the extreme, mocking anything under the sun that claims to be offended or offensive. Then, UH OH, a bad NFL player exercises his fundamental rights…all of a sudden, it’s time to form a mob?

    Hypocrites.

  5. In my opinion, Kaepernick is nothing more than a “flash in the pan” in the NFL. He looks to me more like “fool’s gold” at quarterback for the 49ers, who may have once thought they struck it rich while prospecting for a franchise quarterback. San Fran should release him for football-related reasons, and let the salary cap chips fall where they may.

  6. He does have the right to express his opinion, but beware Colin, so does the rest of America. I agree there is problem in this country, but he set himself up for a backlash that could torpedo his sinking career. If he truly understands that and is willing to pay that price, then so be it.

  7. Good for Boone for speaking up. These entitled, drama queen Millennials make me absolutely sick.

    Between that and the faux outrage/politically correct behaviors all the time, this country is going down the tubes.

  8. The same people screaming “its his right to protest” are the same ones getting upset over repercussions for not standing out of respect for our countries flag and anthem .

    lol … make it go away !!!

  9. A real man in the NFL. One who know history. Colin actually thinks the confederate flag and the US flag are the same. Thats how far lost that boy is. I wonder if he realizes they were at war with each other and the American flag side killed those racists and ended slavery. Colin doesnt even know that. Yet he went to college………..

  10. A complete lack of respect to all Americans, specially those who fought and died to give this ignorant the right to make millions playing ball.

    Collin, you are so unhappy that you are put in a situation to disrespect others in public? Then get the hell out of here.

  11. Kaepernick is a football qb. He should be concentrating on that. Instead he is creating a distraction for himself. Not saying he doesn’t have a point. But his move does nothing for this issue.

  12. He’s got a point. The flag doesn’t only represent police. Police brutality is a problem but it’s only one of many problems in this big, complex country, and to denounce the whole thing over one issue is to show disrespect for people who deserve respect like military, veterans, etc. I’m all for standing up for what you believe in, this just seems like an odd way to stand up against a very specific issue.

  13. With all due respect to drinking songs of the 18th century, when singing the National Anthem become a prerequisite to playing sports in America?

    Just a general year request. Thanks!

  14. I think Boone is a meathead but I have to agree with him on this.

    Right war, wrong battle.

  15. The flag gives you the right to do whatever you want? Than why the fuss over the Confederate flag? Shouldnt the right to express respect for your history and heritage be respected? Be consistant.

  16. I like Boone’s response, because it illustrates the problem with Kaepernick’s actions: If Kaepernick wanted to speak out against what he perceives is institutionalized police brutality, he should have chosen a more appropriate venue for doing so.

    All this stunt did was to draw attention to himself instead of the issue he’s upset about. Furthermore, it is a distraction from a team that doesn’t need any more distractions than it already has.

    There is a right way and a wrong way to express your opinion. A few years ago, Chris Kluwe illustrated the wrong way perfectly. It is sad to see Kaepernick make the same mistake.

  17. I love having Alex Boone on our team. I remember when Bud Grant was the coach, the first thing the team practiced at training camp was how to stand for the national anthem. Everybody lined up on the sideline, standing at attention, helmet under the arm. No talking, no milling around. It distinguished the Vikings from every other team and it helped me to learn to respect the flag. If someone didn’t want to stand for the anthem (hypothetically speaking), Bud wouldn’t have said a word, but he would have cut you.

  18. If it were 1860 or 1960, I would agree with Kaepernick’s stance, but now to say that “this country oppresses black people” is not an accurate statement. There may be racism among individuals and there may be disadvantages that are associated with (not caused by) race, but it is definitely not the official policy of this country to oppress black people or any other racial minority.

  19. Kaepernick is as hypocritical as he is delusional. The real reason he’s practicing this disgraceful act is to shift focus away from his terrible play, and overblown salary. This rich self entitled spoiled punk is toxic, and will end up destroying the 49er locker room. The real irony here is that the NFL is one of the few things in America where positive racial interaction actually helps to strengthen race relations, and yet this idiot has just stabbed the NFL in the back.

  20. I am a big fan of the first amendment and unpopular speech in general. Mostly because it’s a great way to identify peoples’ values.

  21. Boone is a mealy mouthed, two faced liar. It’s proven. His opinion means nothing. He is just beating the drum. What ever Kaepernick says or does, it has zero to do with Boone. Focus on your job Boone. You wanted out of SF, why do you keep talking about them? Doosh.

  22. Agreed. Kaepernick is disrespectful to the flag and our country, total douche.

    Meanwhile, Teddy was 12-16 for 160 and a TD. Just sayin’

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 29, 2016 10:17 AM
    If it were 1860 or 1960, I would agree with Kaepernick’s stance, but now to say that “this country oppresses black people” is not an accurate statement. There may be racism among individuals and there may be disadvantages that are associated with (not caused by) race, but it is definitely not the official policy of this country to oppress black people or any other racial minority.
    ———–

    If you are not Black you are not qualified to assess this, so it is best to be quiet about the topic, as should Boone.

  24. I think Boone should worry more about his pass blocking than on what players on other teams are doing. His pass blocking yesterday was atrocious.

  25. And since you all are so hung up on that flag and the song, where is the discussion about the verse that they intentionally no longer sing that highlights the very reason that Kaepernick objects to the anthem?

    You people need to be quiet — for once… ONCE — and learn.

  26. Hey cornhysker44, Boone was responding to a question by a reporter on the issue precisely because he did play with the guy, just like probably a hundred other NFLers were asked by the media the last 3 days. Perhaps you should be directing your misplaced anger to the reporter.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    And since you all are so hung up on that flag and the song, where is the discussion about the verse that they intentionally no longer sing that highlights the very reason that Kaepernick objects to the anthem?

    —Please, enlighten “Us”.

  28. I just can’t believe that many of you who are replying on here see this action by Kaep. as some sort of “swipe at” and or gripe with our Military or veterans.

    You all are intelligent enough to know that Kaep. was not doing this to disrespect our military or veterans. I am sure as a professional athlete Kaep. has done many community service acts involving our military & veterans, and he has admitted having family & friends who has served.

    Do not take his protest out of context, you know exactly what he is standing for with this protest, because he has said just as much.

    If you refuse to at least acknowledge that these social issues in which Kaep. protested for actually exist within our country & and create an honest dialog for resolution, then Kaep. protest was aimed at individuals like you “Mr Boone” not our military and veterans.

    “You Are” the reason he protested.

  29. Where is kaps head at 2 minutes before the kick. You don’t have to look far for the answer how the heck did Gabbert beat him out. Kaps head ain’t on ball.

    Now that he has his grand stand let’s see what his next action is to improve the issues he holds so dear. If I see some real positive action then I’ll believe you Kap.

  30. honestfan0302 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 2:04 PM
    I just can’t believe that many of you who are replying on here see this action by Kaep. as some sort of “swipe at” and or gripe with our Military or veterans.

    You all are intelligent enough to know that Kaep. was not doing this to disrespect our military or veterans. I am sure as a professional athlete Kaep. has done many community service acts involving our military & veterans, and he has admitted having family & friends who has served.

    Do not take his protest out of context, you know exactly what he is standing for with this protest, because he has said just as much.

    If you refuse to at least acknowledge that these social issues in which Kaep. protested for actually exist within our country & and create an honest dialog for resolution, then Kaep. protest was aimed at individuals like you “Mr Boone” not our military and veterans.

    “You Are” the reason he protested.
    ———–

    Precisely.

  31. purpleguy says:
    Aug 29, 2016 1:45 PM
    Hey cornhysker44, Boone was responding to a question by a reporter on the issue precisely because he did play with the guy, just like probably a hundred other NFLers were asked by the media the last 3 days. Perhaps you should be directing your misplaced anger to the reporter.
    ———–

    Or he could have chosen to defer and not answer the question, since he is ill-equipped to be speaking about Kaepernick’s motivation, and certainly ill-equipped to be calling it shameful, which is completely off base.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 1:39 PM

    If you are not Black you are not qualified to assess this, so it is best to be quiet about the topic, as should Boone.
    ===============================
    STOP.

    You will never solve the problem you’re concerned about with that perspective. That’s assuming you’re genuinely interested in solving the problem.

  33. Please.

    Telling Black people how to react to things that adversely affect them while YOU’RE not adversely affected only fuels the fire.

    This is non-negotiable. If you are not Black, you don’t get to tell Black people how to respond to things that specifically and singularly affect them unlike anyone else.

    Period.

    Boone is out of place by even answering the question at all in the first place. Never mind his response.

  34. Boone said “I’m a very emotional person.”

    If that’s the case, opposing teams should be able to get him to jump offside at least three or four times a game.

  35. Boone is a perfect Viking, likes to talk and command the spotlight not for football related reasons but because he thinks his opinion is more important than the next guy’s.

    Kinda like their punter who got his panties all twisted for gay rights, at least he was sticking up for the Viking fans.

  36. Boone has the same freedom to voice his opinion as Kap does. You can agree or disagree with it but you can’t tell him he is wrong for responding or tell him he shouldn’t respond.

  37. The verse he is referring to is verse three. The verse starts out asking what happened to those that said the war would end in our failure. Then he goes on to say they had to flee or die, and the line he specifically is referencing is, “no refuge could hide the hirling(sp) and slave.”

    What I interpret this line to mean is all were washed away, including the hireling and slave. The addition of “and slave” was probably added to show they were all washed away, from top to bottom. It’s was also probably added because it rhymes with grave, wave and brave, the last word in the next 3 lines of the poem.

    The anti US, pro black movement has used this for years to “prove” how racist the US is.

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