Colin Kaepernick’s parents break their long silence and explain why they support their son

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a news conference after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. New Orleans won the game 41-23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

After recent comments from a United States Navy Admiral skewering their son’s position to protest the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick’s parents are coming out to defend their son.

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During a 75th anniversary remembrance of the attack on Pearl Habor in 1941, U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris made a not so subtle dig at 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.

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According to the Kaepernick family,”the recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son.”

In that public statement, the family explained that their son’s social justice protest had given him a “heavy load,” and that he is putting his “entire future and possibly his life on the line” for his beliefs.

“As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others,” the family wrote in a statement to the Undefeated.

“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the parents explained.

“He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe.”

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