Trent Dilfer Explains Criticism of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest

September 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

ESPN personality and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer attempted to clarify the controversial comments he made about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Sunday's NFL Countdown. 
On that program, Dilfer called those players who sat, knelt or protested during the national anthem in some way "irresponsible" because "people aren’t tuning in to us to hear about what we feel about all these social issues," per Samer Kalaf of Deadspin.
Dilfer added:
No matter how passionate you are, no matter how much of a burden you have for social issues, you don’t let it get in the way of the team. This is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play in Week 1. Yet he chose a time where all of a sudden, he became the center of attention.
Finally, he noted, "Although I respect what he’s doing, and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue, I ...

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