The Colin Kaepernick controversy is about to throw many for a serious loop.
After being blasted all last week for his decision to sit down during the national anthem out of protest for racism in the country, Kaepernick gave an interview that will make overly partisan Americans think a bit more critically about what they think about the 49ers quarterback.
In an interview following a Sunday practice, Kaepernick let the world know where he stood on the two main presidential nominees.
He called out both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for representing what he sees as the serious issues plaguing America. He called out both for their racist remarks. Kaepernick also had something to say about Clinton’s email server scandal:
I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton] who’s called black teens or black kids super-predators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?
The Washington Post reports that Kaepernick also addressed the controversy that arose after his decision to sit during the national anthem:
I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. They fight for freedom. They fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. And that’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. It’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos. I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought for and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.
Kaepernick applauded those who sacrificed for the country, saying that he was “[given] this opportunity by the contributions they have made.”
Among the criticism was support for Kaepernick’s decision to use his freedom of expression:
Can people even handle this?