Barack Obama backs Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest | Daily Mail Online

President Obama appeared to back NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s silent national anthem protest on Monday as he told a G20 press conference he understands the NFL star’s motivation.

 

  • President Obama said that he understands NFL star Colin Kaepernick and his silent national anthem protest
  • Obama made comments at press conference after the G20 Summit
  • Obama said: ‘My understanding is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement’
  • Kaepernick says he will not stand during national anthem before games
  • The quarterback is protesting the treatment of black people in America 
  • Kaepernick did not stand during anthem during Niners preseason games
  • He insists he is not ‘anti-American’ and wants to help country ‘get better’
  • The quarterback has committed to donating $1million to make that happen

President Obama appeared to back Colin Kaepernick’s silent national anthem protest on Monday as he told a G20 press conference he understands the NFL star’s motivation.

While speaking after the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, the president said that the 49ers quarterback is ‘exercising his constitutional right’ by not standing during the national anthem for his team’s preseason games in protest against racial injustice in the country.

Kaepernick has come under fire from some people offended by his decision not to stand during the national anthem before San Francisco’s games.

Obama said that since he’s been in China, he hasn’t been paying attention to football or following the issue closely.

‘My understanding is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,’ Obama said in response to what the NFL player is doing.

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