Colin Kaepernick Controversy: 8 Stars Weigh In, From Donald Trump to Spike Lee
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charlie Sheen and Jim Brown also take sides in QB’s refusal to stand for the national anthem
Brian Flood | August 31, 2016 @ 1:52 PM
Last Updated: August 31, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem because he won't "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people," and just about everyone has an opinion.
Click on for the highest-profile hot takes on both sides of the issue...
"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," the quarterback told NFL Media. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
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Stephen A. Smith
The polarizing "First Take" host said Kaepernick "personified what a protest is supposed to be.”
He continued: “There’s a difference between bringing attention to something, and sacrificing. And I’m telling you right now, when you look at what Colin Kaepernick did, this was a sacrifice.”
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"All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don't disrespect the Flag," the 49ers legend tweeted.
Rice played most of his pro football career in San Francisco and is widely considered to be the best wide receiver of all time. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
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