President Barack Obama Comments on Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest

September 5, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

President Barack Obama described Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest as "messy" but said Monday he supports the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's constitutional right to protest.
"I don't doubt his sincerity," Obama said. "I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about, and, if nothing else, what he's done is generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about."
The president, speaking at the G20 economic summit in China, said he has not paid close attention to the issue that's overtaken the NFL news cycle.
Kaepernick sat or knelt down while the national anthem was playing throughout the preseason as an act of protest of discrimination against people of color. The decision did not make national news until after the 49ers' third preseason game, when a reporter asked him to discuss the matter.
The QB said the following, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com: 
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