Kaepernick’s anthem protest comes up during Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary event

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Wednesday marked the 75th anniversary of the day that continues to live in infamy: The surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Japan.

Speaking there at an event to commemorate the occasion, Admiral Harry Harris, the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made a reference to the ongoing national anthem protest from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said, via the Associated Press.

According to the account of the remarks and the reaction to them, the words “generated a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, with people whistling and hooting.”

Although Kaepernick was never mentioned by name, the issue has received sufficient national attention (including an image of Kaepernick kneeling on the cover of Time magazine) to make it clear that the reference was to him.

The moment underscores the challenges Kaepernick will face in his search for a new team, if the 49ers don’t re-sign him before he becomes a free agent. Multiple owners surely will be concerned about the reaction that fans will have if/when Kaepernick joins their team, which necessarily will limit Kaepernick’s options — especially with plenty of other options likely available to teams in 2017.

34 responses to “Kaepernick’s anthem protest comes up during Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary event

  1. Most of America has no idea why this POS kneels, all they see is the disrespect. With all the talk about intregity and the NFL allows this POS to use the biggest platform in the country to disrespect the men and women who put there life on the line every day to defend him and the rest of the country.
    You can’t do a snow angel, but you can disrespect America, and you ask why ratings are down..

  2. As the saying goes “You can’t fix stupid” and stupid is not a quality desired in an NFL QB and that will be the main reason he will be unemployed in the NFL.

    God bless all those that died defending Kaepernick’s right to show the nation he is a complete moron.

  3. Look, we’ve beaten this death. Whether you think Kap is noble or ignorant, or if you’re pro- or anti-BLM, or somewhere in between, I don’t really care. What I care about is the idiocy of humanity to hold a piece of cloth dyed in a particular pattern as sacred, the very same piece of cloth you would condemn if it were dyed a different color and pattern. Like JFC, man, get a grip on reality. The sun will still come up tomorrow morning whether you salute it or set on fire. America will still be here. But contrary to popular belief, you are in no way required to like, love, appreciate, respect, or even contribute to the country you live in. Like I’m sorry, but you just don’t have to, and you don’t have to leave under those circumstances either. This is earth. Boundaries and nations and all that is a false reality created by one species of animal on the planet, and it’s absolutely asinine when you stop and really think about it.

  4. Those whistling and hooting during the lengthy ovation fail to understand that those brave men and women fought and died for his (or anyone’s) right to do whatever he/she wants to do during the national anthem. Acknowledgement of the connection should generate meaningful discussion and reflection on how to prevent the horrors of war while maintaining our basic freedoms, rather than reactions better suited for a strip club.

  5. Kaepernick is a piece of garbage for his “stance” on the National Anthem. That is a fact. However, his performance against the Chicago Bears sealed his fate that no other team will sign him after this season. He is a terrible quarterback. That also is a fact…

  6. Kaepernick is a PUNK, move to another country and leave your citizenship card behind, I’ll pay for your plane ticket

  7. Well, he is terrible at football and a walking insult to anyone with any appreciation of the country he lives in, but otherwise he’s great.

  8. Krap’s problem is not his kneeldowns, it because he is a crap player. If he was any good fans and owners would find a way to live with his antics. He will get a job as a backup for minimal money, be out of the league in a year or two and his disrespectful antics will be the only thing anyone will ever remember about him if they remember him at all.

  9. “The moment underscores the challenges Kaepernick will face in his search for a new team, if the 49ers don’t re-sign him before he becomes a free agent.”

    How many teams that need a QB believe they have enough of a reservoir of goodwill with their fans to sign him might make for an interesting hypothetical sports debate. Scratch the Jets off the list. They have been mentioned as a potential landing spot in the comments by people that have apparently forgotten 9/11 happened here.

  10. …..why does ANYONE keep giving Kap ‘the clown” any attention?……he LOVES it!….We all know he’s a self-absorbed ‘ look-at-me’ moron and a disgrace to the NFL & this country…..I will be soooo happy when he’s OUT of the NFL and goes back to whatever rock he crawled out from under………

  11. Pearl Harbour sucked. A lot.

    But what about all of the times the US has Pearl Harbour’d other countries. Oh wait, that’s right… they haven’t preemptively bombed militay bases… they’ve only bombed innocent civilians of other countries.

  12. Seems like a bizarre move from the General. I’m sure he’s upset about the situation, I just see no need to bring it up when commemorating an anniversary of a tragedy. It should be about remembering as opposed to trying to put himself and his position and feelings over. Perhaps just ignoring Kaepernick would be the best option.

  13. Im no history magician but Im pretty sure that Pearl Harbor is near Hawaii somewhere?

    Also the men in our military fight for Kaep’s right to protest and his free speech so, derp.

  14. Pretty sad when “the greatest generation” has turned into just another bunch of whiners like the rest of us…Pretty sad indeed.

  15. andy316b says:
    Dec 8, 2016 7:43 AM

    Seems like a bizarre move from the General. I’m sure he’s upset about the situation, I just see no need to bring it up when commemorating an anniversary of a tragedy. It should be about remembering as opposed to trying to put himself and his position and feelings over. Perhaps just ignoring Kaepernick would be the best option.

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    Harry Harris is an Admiral, not a General. He’s the Commander, PACCOM.

    Its in the article.

  16. “The moment underscores the challenges Kaepernick will face in his search for a new team, if the 49ers don’t re-sign him before he becomes a free agent. Multiple owners surely will be concerned about the reaction that fans will have if/when Kaepernick joins their team, which necessarily will limit Kaepernick’s options”

    Not being a very good QB will limit his options as well. The media narrative next spring will be something like: “Kap is being punished for his political views” but in reality no oGM/coach wants to put up with a circus revolving around a backup QB (see: Tebow, Tim), especially when that QB isn’t very good.

  17. andy316b says:
    Dec 8, 2016 7:43 AM
    Seems like a bizarre move from the General. I’m sure he’s upset about the situation, I just see no need to bring it up when commemorating an anniversary of a tragedy. It should be about remembering as opposed to trying to put himself and his position and feelings over. Perhaps just ignoring Kaepernick would be the best option.
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    The Admiral (not general) was not bringing up Kaepernick. He was saluting the patriotism of those who were serving during that attack and the reverence they held for their flag by making a topical reference to an action that disrespects that flag and the sacrifices others have made in it’s name. Wouldn’t expect that someone so casual about military service that they disrespect rank and blur it’s designations between branches to have a grasp on how anyone that’s ever worn a uni might think, thought you could use some clarifying on the subject.

  18. But the NFL viewership being down has nothing do with protests of the National Anthem? Right…..right…….??? Is that right NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC……? Right…

  19. Given that racial prejudice was rampant in the military in WWII and that blacks were only allowed to serve as cooks and similar menial jobs in the Navy this may not have been the best reference to make.

    It was the Tuskeegee Airmen who finally broke the racial barrier and were allowed to fight.

  20. Not the time or the place for personal messages.

    When you honor others you make it 100% about them and zero % about yourself and your own personal messages.

    Shame on you Admiral.

  21. it amazes me how offended people get when an individual chooses to EXERCISE the RIGHTS GUARANTEED in the CONSTITUTION, not just talk about them. Under what circumstances is it unpatriotic to exercise the rights in our constitution? why not just get rid of the ones you’re not supposed to use? wouldnt silencing or discouraging the rights of others be closer to unpatriotic in a country that has a constitution that guarantees those same rights? If you choose to disagree with the man, then stand up for the anthem as you see fit, but leave him alone for not standing, BOTH of you can exercise your right. THAT is what’s great about America.

    Dislike or disagree with the opinions of others all you want, but to be American and patriotic is to embrace those differences and respect the fact that we have a constitution that protects your rights and opinions against those who may disagree with you just as vigorously. THAT is AMERICAN PATRIOTISM to me.

  22. I’m sure that his next career as a Flag Football Coach will be very rewarding to him.
    I do not recall there ever being the National Anthem being played before the little kids take the field.

  23. I remember after 9/11 all the American flags be flown at peoples homes and on their cars. Can anyone tell me where all the flags went? Where did all the patriotic people go?

  24. Anyone who makes this huge flashy media driven social statement, knowing full well that he has never found it necessary to vote is a joke operating a phony PR campaign essentially motivated by self interest.. Get rid of him yesterday…

  25. He needs to be on the street and working a daily job like the rest of us yokels, see what pressures we are under each day with no thought of injustice. Not one working Joe who has not felt once in his career where he was treated un fairly. Get a real life Colin!

  26. The Jets will sign him. They’ve shown for several years they can ignore their fans backlash.

  27. Why is everyone talking about Kaepernick, after celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor when they should be focused on getting ready to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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