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Barack Obama praises Colin Kaepernick’s “active citizenry”

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the conclusion of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AP

The discussion about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem has now reached the highest office in the land.

President Barack Obama said during the G20 Summit in China that he supports the 49ers quarterback’s right to free speech.

He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama said.

Obama said he thinks Kaepernick will “refine how he’s thinking about it,” and “maybe some critics will see he has a point around justice and equality. Sometimes it’s messy. But that’s how democracy works.”

The President acknowledged that the flag has a symbolic importance to those in the military, and that it may be a “tough thing for them to get past to what his concerns are.”

But he also said Kaepernick “cares about some real legitimate issues that need to be talked about. He’s generated some more conversation around topics that need to be talked about.”

He also hailed Kaepernick for his “active citizenry,” saying he’d “rather have young people who are engaged in the argument than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”

Of course, the President’s involvement will do nothing to slow what has become a hot political issue, with sides drawing sharp lines. But Kaepernick himself has shown a willingness to move, as he went from sitting to kneeling after last week’s conversation with former Green Beret Nate Boyer.

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  1. babyjunkie says: Sep 5, 2016 9:25 AM

    Only Trump can save this country.

  2. urfinished says: Sep 5, 2016 9:26 AM

    Much more active than he will be on a football field this year…maybe ever.

  3. h0metownzero says: Sep 5, 2016 9:30 AM

    People reacted to Kaep like he’s been out killing babies – rather than peacefully protesting like so many who have gone before him.

  4. illmatic8582 says: Sep 5, 2016 9:34 AM

    Last 2 years I think 3 anti law bills were passed by the Obama White House. In his 8 years what has he done to help stop the police force from murdering anyone they disagree with and say “my life was threatened”. Police should stop saying that and instead just yell out mulligan when they murder a person without a trail. Either that or whoopsie

  5. araidersfan says: Sep 5, 2016 9:35 AM

    Colin Kaepernick & Michael Sam are future political candidates for the Democrats. And Tim Tebow is a future political star for the Republicans. That speaks volumes for the quality of the 2 major parties.

  6. dickshotdogs says: Sep 5, 2016 9:36 AM

    They’re perfect for each other.

  7. pastabelly says: Sep 5, 2016 9:36 AM

    Maybe Obama thinks all acts of patriotism should be removed from professional sports. In the future, Kaepernick should remain in the locker room until the anthem is complete. While under the employment of the 49ers and as part of the NFL, either stand or leave. Protest on your own time an not while you are getting paid.

  8. meatruegenius says: Sep 5, 2016 9:42 AM

    He wants Sackorpick to join the Choom Gang.

  9. nomdeplume01 says: Sep 5, 2016 9:46 AM

    Both Kaepernick and Obama should spend at least a week of late nights with the Chicago Police on the west side, just to see what the men in blue go through trying to protect those that don’t want there help. Blue Lives Matter.

  10. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 5, 2016 9:48 AM

    Kaepernick didn’t disrespect the troops.
    Disrepecting troops would be like sending them to die needlessly in a war fueled by greed, or something.

  11. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 5, 2016 9:48 AM

    Ugh. Go away BO and go away CK.

  12. xballhawkx says: Sep 5, 2016 9:49 AM

    Obama is as irrelevant as Kap. Neither have done nothing for the black community or the citizens of the USA except plague them with thier “look at me” attitudes.

  13. sewalters79 says: Sep 5, 2016 9:49 AM

    Worst president ever and I voted for this moron in 2008!

    Good riddance BHO!

  14. fjbuon says: Sep 5, 2016 9:50 AM

    Can’t wait til football actually starts. This will all go away…except on this site.

  15. oscarxray says: Sep 5, 2016 9:51 AM

    Thanks President Obama for weighing in on this. No one had any idea how you might feel about this.

  16. AtheistsareIdiots says: Sep 5, 2016 9:52 AM

    “Active citizenry”…..code words for promoting more racial divide so democrats can use the race card to pander for votes

  17. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 5, 2016 9:53 AM

    “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,”….ummmm, so when the White House does a prayer, and one of the employees does jumping jacks…its ok, cause its their right to make a statement…right.

  18. cubancigar10 says: Sep 5, 2016 9:54 AM

    What a protector of the constitution he is. And such a legacy.

  19. realfootballfan says: Sep 5, 2016 9:54 AM

    Same take I had on this when he originally did it. But the sock puppets continue talking about the military being disrespected even though he explicitly said that’s not to case to deflect from his peaceful protest. Keep spinning like you care about Chicago or black-on-black crime in inner cities instead of everything that he pointed out that definitely needs to change.

  20. financialmusingsblog says: Sep 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    Kap is not John Carlos or Tommie Smith and Obama is not Lincoln. The founding fathers punted on the slavery issue when the country was being founded and it took the Civil War to ultimately end it. The country is going to mierde when people don’t respect the law or authority or people’s rights. You think that under the first black President this issue would have been a priority, yet, Obama’s Presidency has further divided this country. Obama is the Roger Goodell of President’s: people are questioning his leadership and actions. Both men are feckless when it comes to leadership.

  21. ocdn says: Sep 5, 2016 9:59 AM

    Don’t agree with Kaepernick . But, I will support his freedom of speech. Now, que the anti 1st amendment people in 3, 2, 1…………….

  22. davetrembley says: Sep 5, 2016 10:00 AM

    The President should have bigger fish to fry, what with being at a G20 meeting in China, than commenting on what a football player says or does.

  23. onereasonableman says: Sep 5, 2016 10:00 AM

    We all should appreciate Kaps’ freedom to kneel and our freedom to comment on it without fear of being arrested. It truly is one of the best things about this country.

  24. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 5, 2016 10:01 AM

    Somebody needs to tell me exactly kaepernick is protesting, it’s not the military evidently , it’s not cops because he has a cop uncle or some nonsense. Has anybody heard exactly what it is he’s ticked about except for this vague unhappy feeling he seems to have?

  25. clevelandrocksyourface says: Sep 5, 2016 10:03 AM

    Colon, man, I gotta say, you really pulled it off. You did a great job with this. But man…I really just want to punch you in your face. There’s something about it, I just want to punch you.

  26. 4sacroc says: Sep 5, 2016 10:06 AM

    Of course he would …

  27. mborz says: Sep 5, 2016 10:10 AM

    I don’t agree with the way Kaepernick has gone about this at all, and have been outspoken about that.

    That being said, some of the hate here is getting a little scary.

  28. myasylum11 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:11 AM

    I swear this President thrives on chaos!

  29. sammievee says: Sep 5, 2016 10:16 AM

    “He also hailed Kaepernick for his “active citizenry,” saying he’d “rather have young people who are engaged in the argument than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”

    But the literal issue is that Kaepernick is “just sitting on the sidelines”.

  30. bmacwillconn says: Sep 5, 2016 10:19 AM

    Of course Obama will support this punk. Kaepernick is criticizing the country and unfairly putting our nation in a negative light.

    That’s Obama’s the primary message in his eight year smear campaign against America since he took office.

  31. r8dernation says: Sep 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    A young multi-millionaire athlete protesting about inequalities in America. That’s laughable, man. That’s bush league.

  32. mongo3401 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:30 AM

    Guess the people that gunned down 43 people , so far, this weekend in Chicago are not buying into Kaepernicks cause. You can discuss until the cows come home. Problem is the people causing the problems could care less what people are talking about.

  33. qbarrel says: Sep 5, 2016 10:37 AM

    He also hailed Kaepernick for his “active citizenry,” saying he’d “rather have young people who are engaged in the argument than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”

    ————————–

    Of course, the irony in this statement is that Kaepernick literally was “just sitting on the sidelines”

  34. Ytsejamer1 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:39 AM

    First let me say, I’d always stand for the National Anthem. I tend to associate with the sacrifice of all those who have served the country.

    Okay…now that I’m on “your” side, can anyone tell me why CK is being demonized for bringing up important issues that are impacting a lot of people? Is it bad that he’d like to see all people be afforded the same rights across the board? Is it bad that he wants people to have a brutally honest conversation so people with two viewpoints can learn to respect the other and try to work towards eliminating a few wrongs in society? What’s so evil about this idea? Is it so frightening to look at ourselves and say, “We can ALL do better” ?

    Life is not binary. You can be a big supporter of police, but still not approve of people getting killed or assaulted unjustly. You can approve of the military, but not want unneeded wars. You can have black friends and family, but also not want to see black-on-black crime continue in communities around the country.

    I dunno…look at the past for leaders who wanted only equality and were demonized (or worse) by the popular outlook of the day. Thank heavens the rabble rousers in the 1770s had the stones to push back about unjust and inequality.

    THANK GOD FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  35. mauijim805 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:40 AM

    How about both of you get out of my Country if you think it’s so bad!

  36. bostonsteve12 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:46 AM

    I am sure many would happy to hand a folded flag to Mrs. Obama and their 2 children

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:48 AM

    A lot of the things people are saying about Kap are the same sorts of things the British said about American Patriots who had the nerve to speak out against England when we were still a colony.

    America was born through protest. I don’t agree with Kap though there is clearly a huge racial problem here, even though its improved dramatically over the last 40 years, its still here.

    If you don’t recognize that massive inequality is going to create problems that you’re not very smart.

  38. profootball13 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:48 AM

    Let me guess…….he could have been your son………

  39. patsfan301 says: Sep 5, 2016 10:52 AM

    The level of ignorance and lack of basic comprehension exhibited in these comments is frightening. The amount of anger towards Kap and our President is even scarier. Many of you come off as genuinely miserable people…life isn’t that bad, Football starts Thursday!

  40. nfl fan says: Sep 5, 2016 10:54 AM

    Of course he does, great leadership Mr. President.

  41. chieftaindawg says: Sep 5, 2016 10:54 AM

    Puhleeze. Get this guy outta here already.

  42. packfaninchitown says: Sep 5, 2016 10:59 AM

    Great comments and a great president.

    Haters gonna hate!

  43. gredington says: Sep 5, 2016 11:02 AM

    You’re Fired

  44. JSpicoli says: Sep 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    Divisors gon divide

  45. b1rdbath says: Sep 5, 2016 11:16 AM

    It is funny how Un American most of you sound when accusing others of being Un American

  46. steelcurtainn says: Sep 5, 2016 11:22 AM

    What a joke!

  47. newmancave2016 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:22 AM

    As if anything this sorry excuse of a president says or does surprises me anymore. Funny though…Obama doesn’t like Constitutional rights equally. He’s more than happy to restrict rights when it suits him, including the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th amendments

  48. tangotwo22 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:23 AM

    Obama’s statement simply confirms what many have thought all along. You can take the community activist out of the community but you can’t take activism out of the community activist.

    Sadly he has done nothing to help the black community. Traveled the world on vacation an is now worth millions. Maybe he’ll take his family back to Chicago to help the black community but I’ll take the under on that bet.

  49. philly4for4blog says: Sep 5, 2016 11:23 AM

    136 days until BO leaves office, that day can’t come soon enough!

  50. julyeast says: Sep 5, 2016 11:27 AM

    Of course he does… would he be singing the same tune if players refused to stand for the anthem because the president is going around the country campaigning for someone he told the fbi not to indict?

  51. TheDPR says: Sep 5, 2016 11:34 AM

    If you want to live in a country where standing for an anthem is compulsory, I suggest North Korea or China. Just go and quit whining about people who exercise their freedom.

  52. orangeraider says: Sep 5, 2016 11:37 AM

    If you scum think the USA is such a bad country, GET THE HELL OUT.
    GD ingrates with your hands out, mouths yakking and sitting , waiting for your next Government handout

  53. leatherface2012 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:47 AM

    cant wait till trump gets in and says “it will take awhile to undo all the idiot decisions of the previous administration”

  54. The Truth says: Sep 5, 2016 11:56 AM

    Meanwhile at the G20 Conference the chinese are crapping all over american staffers and humiliating them. Who cares what the wimp 0’bama thinks. Hasn’t only the respect of the country but the world also

  55. gammynomnom says: Sep 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    he would rather have people like Colin than people sitting on the sideline. lol Irony much?

  56. Bubbalicious says: Sep 5, 2016 12:17 PM

    Unless of course you are protesting against him. Then the IRS comes at you, meets with the FBI and tries to figure out how to put you in jail!

  57. davetrembley says: Sep 5, 2016 12:22 PM

    None of this would be happening if it wasn’t for Richard Sherman.

  58. redzonerambler says: Sep 5, 2016 12:27 PM

    There is doing something and then there is doing something with class. I like that he wants to do something to try to improve society, but the manner in which he did it seemed unclassy to many people. When others view your actions as unclassy it can undermine the message and actions you are trying to get out there. Sure an unclassy display may get attention to your message but a lot of it will be the wrong attention. This is a concept that activists need to consider…getting bad attention may make put the topic in the limelight, but it can also turn people off to your message. You have to not let your frustrations get you out of balance in communicating the message properly. This concept is not just critical to Kaepernick but many other activist organizations as well and I wish they considered it better.

  59. flavordave says: Sep 5, 2016 12:33 PM

    Kap has a right to do whatever but i don’t have an obligation to listen or even remotely respect and acknowledge this “issue”

    Personally, I think its a result of ones actions. Follow orders you live, act a fool, die a fool.

    I was once mistaken for a violent criminal. My car was surrounded by 6 cop cars pointing rifles at me. I did everything that they said until they completed their investigation. The police explained what the issue was and why I was a suspect. After several hours of my time, I was released. i wasn’t happy but I understand what it is that they do and why they do it.

    Point is, don’t put yourself in bad situations and expect a positive result from it. If you get pulled over, follow instructions and you will be released. If a cop tells you to get down or hands up, you do it. You don’t scream and yell and move around suddenly. You’ll get shot. Its common sense that I don’t see applied in every single situation of a black man being killed. Every single one.

  60. gadzod says: Sep 5, 2016 12:33 PM

    You know what else is a constitutional right? The right to bear arms….but unfortunately you use the deaths of innocent lives to further the agenda of removing guns from law abiding citizens.

  61. revelation123 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:34 PM

    A while ago some ‘active citizens’ were ‘exercising their constitutional right to make a statement’ by flying the confederate flag, but I never heard Obama go out of his way to point that out when they were being attacked for it.

  62. tonebones says: Sep 5, 2016 12:35 PM

    There are so many military veterans and well respected public officials who have come out and supported Kaepernick’s freedom of speech. Veterans are telling him that’s exactly why they fought. For freedom! Who doesn’t like freedom? We’re all free to find another country with less freedom, if we don’t like this one.

  63. charger383 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:43 PM

    He can say what he wants and others have the right say what they think of him.

  64. rcali says: Sep 5, 2016 12:52 PM

    Maybe the first President ever to applaud somebody for disrespecting our national anthem. The legacy continues to nose dive.

  65. Bl00dwerK says: Sep 5, 2016 12:52 PM

    Can’t wait until BO is out of the White House.

  66. danielwonderful2015 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    If this is what we have to look forward this season, then I think I’ll just “take a knee” and find something else to do on Sundays, it certainly won’t be hard.

  67. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:01 PM

    It’s hard for many people to take anybody protesting cops shooting black people seriously when first off the amount of black people killed by police this year alone isn’t even 50% the amount of white people who have been killed by police second off because with the exception of Philando Castile these guys either attacked police, resisted arrest while armed or pointed guns at police and third off but most important protesting the loss of black lives while refusing to protest or even discuss the amount of young black men who are killed every day by other young black men and are being killed as we speak. Why is that? Is it because you refuse to hold your own race accountable for anything so you don’t wanna talk about anything where your own race is all you have to blame? Or is black on black crime also the “white mans” fault? And how many young black men have died in the streets at the hand of another black youth since the last police shooting of an “innocent” black man?

  68. lionhunter909 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:02 PM

    The number of anti Obama and Kaepernick comments here is sad but predictable…..just wait until Hillary becomes president and we’ll see how much all of you hypocrites will defend the right to protest politicians and viewpoints that you don’t like….

  69. flavordave says: Sep 5, 2016 1:04 PM

    Exercise your right to be heard in November. This road of “Change You Can Believe In” needs to be changed to anything else.

  70. blueagle78 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:06 PM

    cboys4life2014 & lionhunter909 AGREED!

  71. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Sep 5, 2016 1:07 PM

    barack hussein obama is the single worst thing that has ever happened to this country

  72. bigblue00 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:10 PM

    He (Obama) also hailed Kaepernick for his “active citizenry,” saying he’d “rather have young people who are engaged in the argument than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”

    Sitting on the sidelines is exactly what he’s doing…..

    Man, stupid should hurt.

  73. packsupersoldier says: Sep 5, 2016 1:10 PM

    Barack Obama – what a uniter.

  74. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 5, 2016 1:11 PM

    Funny how everyone bashes CK, but his jerseys are the hot item right now…Just remember being important for the wrong reason(s) beats being unimportant any day.

  75. heymister24 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:25 PM

    Why is San Fran waiting to cut the clown? They should remove the dirtbag ASAP.

  76. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:25 PM

    “”If you scum think the USA is such a bad country, GET THE HELL OUT. GD ingrates with your hands out, mouths yakking and sitting , waiting for your next Government handout”

    Its the false “patriotism” of people like you that’s disgusting.

    If you don’t understand that its entirely possible and logical to criticize our corrupt government but still be able to love the country than you know nothing of what the word patriotism means.

    You’re like the politicians who decry each other if every last one doesn’t have a flag pin on their lapel.

  77. therealtrenches says: Sep 5, 2016 1:30 PM

    “Active Citizenry” is an apt description of Kaep’s actions. And of course, Obama’s statement will send fits through the souls of the ignorant.

    It’s fortunate for us that the views of the PFT commentariat are not an accurate reflection of the views across the U.S.. If they were, this country would be in even worse trouble than it’s currently in, especially on the humanitarian front.

  78. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:30 PM

    I’m not for one second bashing Kap or his right to protest. I haven’t once got on here and said anything about Kap doing what he’s doing. My issue as I just said above is if you’re gonna point out issues affecting black people don’t just cherry pick. The unnecessary deaths of black people is what he and others are protesting and black on black crime is a much larger contributor to it but nonever of these protesters or activists seem to care. The sad thing is after/if they’re are policing reforms all that’s gonna lead to is cops pulling back in certain areas and as a result black on black crime will only grow in those areas and even the lives of black families in these communities are threatened. Cops killing black people may no longer be much of an issue (not that it really is now) but black on black crime will continue. Then what?

  79. goodellclownshow says: Sep 5, 2016 1:31 PM

    Obama has got to be the most anti american president in our history (not to mention the most incompetent)

  80. belicheathater says: Sep 5, 2016 1:31 PM

    Sad.

  81. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 5, 2016 1:33 PM

    I think Colin would be a fine addition to the Packer organization and their outstanding fan base!

  82. freeperjim says: Sep 5, 2016 1:36 PM

    A leftwing racist who hates America and cops praises a leftwing racist who hates America and cops.

    OK…got it!

  83. amplewor says: Sep 5, 2016 1:41 PM

    POS K meet POS prez.

  84. drunkraider says: Sep 5, 2016 1:42 PM

    If that D-bag has your back then you better check yourself and think about what your really doing. because it cant be the right thing.

  85. just2040 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:46 PM

    91% of black people who are killed each year are killed by other black people. Less than 1% of black people are killed by police. So, if you are black, you are 91 times more likely to be killed by another black person than you are a cop.

  86. raideralex99 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    myasylum11 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 10:11 AM
    I swear this President thrives on chaos!

    *******************************************************

    Finally people are starting to wake up.

    Obama was put in the Whitehouse to create chaos in the U.S. by the rich in the Middle East.
    Yup I’m saying it … the elections were rigged.
    Obama should never has been on the ballot in 2008 because he did not have enough signatures to get nominated to run for the demon-crates.

  87. kraigk1 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:50 PM

    Can’t take the even after 8 years as President, the misguided community leader keeps taking the wrong side. He’s a lame duck and feeling his oats in finally showing his true colors.

    Unreal

  88. duffelbagsports says: Sep 5, 2016 1:56 PM

    nomdeplume01 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 9:46 AM

    Both Kaepernick and Obama should spend at least a week of late nights with the Chicago Police on the west side, just to see what the men in blue go through trying to protect those that don’t want there help. Blue Lives Matter.
    ————————————–

    They’ve already spent a lifetime driving while black when the men in blue pulled them over and like all of us they dared not take their hands off the steering wheel. Until you can experience that you’re not qualified to tell us how we can protest. Black Lives Matter

  89. saintswillwin says: Sep 5, 2016 2:00 PM

    If his idea of being oppressed is getting a $11.9 million dollar contract, then sign me up!

  90. mbara33 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:00 PM

    Wait, Obama took sides with somebody who hates America? I’m shocked by this! Shocked I tell you!

  91. dolphins62 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:00 PM

    The Worse President In US History Who Doesn’t Have A Clue About Being Patriotic And Aplauds The Has Been From The 49ners Is A Joke. It Was Just A Matter Of Time Before Our Catastrophic Failure Of President Chimed In. Both Of These People Are Failures!

  92. 2dat says: Sep 5, 2016 2:05 PM

    Both are POS

  93. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 5, 2016 2:09 PM

    After reading the hateful comments about Obama on this thread, you would think the Republicans will win the Nov elections by a landslide. But the reality is that even a lot of Republicans don’t have the stomach for Republicans anymore, which points to the obvious: commenters on sportsblogs are a bunch of blowhards.

  94. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 5, 2016 2:09 PM

    If it’s your “constitutional right” to hate America, why are you in America?

  95. diminishingskills says: Sep 5, 2016 2:32 PM

    Funny, I don’t remember him responding in a similar fashion about the Tea Party?

  96. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 5, 2016 2:35 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Sep 5, 2016 2:09 PM
    After reading the hateful comments about Obama on this thread, you would think the Republicans will win the Nov elections by a landslide. But the reality is that even a lot of Republicans don’t have the stomach for Republicans anymore, which points to the obvious: commenters on sportsblogs are a bunch of blowhards.
    ————————————

    More addition by division?
    Way to be part of the solution Colin

  97. rcali says: Sep 5, 2016 2:51 PM

    So Mr. Obama is very supportive of individuals using “Free Speech” to stereotype a group of people. Got it.

  98. maestro1899 says: Sep 5, 2016 3:05 PM

    davetrembley says:
    Sep 5, 2016 10:00 AM
    The President should have bigger fish to fry, what with being at a G20 meeting in China, than commenting on what a football player says or does.
    – – – – – – – –

    This is indicative of how the average person misinterprets another person’s actions.

    President Obama was answering a question that a member of the media asked him.

    He didn’t make a speech about it. He didn’t ask to talk about Kaepernick. He didn’t take time from “more important” issues. He simply answered a question from the media. (Could you imagine the outrage if he declined to answer it???)

    You are right there are “more important” issues confronting the President and all of us. But don’t blame the President for answering a question.

    If you are looking for someone to blame, blame the reporter.

  99. illmatic8582 says: Sep 5, 2016 3:12 PM

    Just about most cops are on steroids and get angry before a kill. They need to be drug tested every week in the name of public safety

  100. patsfan301 says: Sep 5, 2016 3:23 PM

    Honestly, why hide your bigotry behind words and misinterpretations of the constitution and and what it means to be “American”…do us all a favor and openly admit what you are and what you stand for because we all can read in between the lines of many of these comments…hate speech is the tool of cowards when it is used to mask the orator. Sadly, many of you are the very reason Kap chooses to protest the anthem. The irony behind many of you complaining about it is quite hilarious. Almost like an inside joke.

  101. fmckenney says: Sep 5, 2016 3:46 PM

    He can say anything he wants about Kaepernick…but where is he on the level of unbridled crime in innercity neighborhoods…why hasn’t he sent the justice department into Chicago…if he can’t blame someone else he isn’t interested. In over his head.

  102. bigblue00 says: Sep 5, 2016 5:23 PM

    duffelbagsports says:
    Sep 5, 2016 1:56 PM

    They’ve already spent a lifetime driving while black when the men in blue pulled them over and like all of us they dared not take their hands off the steering wheel. Until you can experience that you’re not qualified to tell us how we can protest. Black Lives Matter
    ———————————————————————————

    Funny how nobody says exactly how much “black lives matter”.

    Black skin only seems to matter if you usibg it to your benefit. Weather it’s as a victim, or in some sort of affirmative action….

    All lives matter since we are all
    God’s children.

  103. Bubbalicious says: Sep 5, 2016 6:00 PM

    Yes, because the football field is where we should have that debate. I was so enlightened by Colins’ demonstration of public awareness that I protested at work. My boss fired me and said I can protest all I want now at home!

  104. crackinbones says: Sep 5, 2016 6:55 PM

    I would like to thank Black Lives Matter, CNN, Barack Obama, The Clintons, Republicans and Democrats for making Donald Trump our next president.

    I voted for Obama in 08′.

  105. Bubbalicious says: Sep 5, 2016 7:10 PM

    Not happening, Hillary by a landslide! A lot of the other Republican candidates could have and would have probably beat her, but not Trump. Trump is doing what Trump does best, ruin things. Without Trump we would have had a competing league to the NFL. He brought down the USFL almost singlehandedly!

  106. crackinbones says: Sep 5, 2016 9:36 PM

    Hey Bubb …open your eyes, leave the Clinton plantation.

  107. ontherocks1964 says: Sep 6, 2016 8:03 AM

    God I can’t wait until this nightmare is over.

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