Kaepernick is receiving a mix of backlash and support for his choice to sit during the national anthem. Last night, he was joined by his teammate Eric Reed, who decided to take a knee next to CK. Jeremy Lane, of the Seattle Seahawks, also decided to sit during the national anthem last night.
Cam Newton however, took a different approach when asked how he feels about this situation.
How does one-eighth of an inch — something so small — be the difference in such a big (subject)? And that’s the thickness of our skin: one-eighth of an inch. And under that we’re all the same color. You know? And that’s the big picture,” he told ESPN. “You know, a lot of scrutiny happens when athletes start talking about, you know, race, but the truth of the matter is we gotta do right by each other. No matter what color we are. …“Who am I to say ‘Colin, you’re wrong’? And who am I to say ‘Bro, you’re right’? Because we all, you know, we all have the right to think whatever we wanna think. And I respect that by everybody.”
While everybody has a right to have an opinion, it seems a little weird in this case because just last year he was in a similar “racially motivated” situation with people referring to him as a thug and a bad role model for dancing after his touchdowns.
Needless to say, fans and supporters are not pleased.