Kaepernick's decision to sit through anthem scrutinized

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick holds the football during warmups before a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Denver.

Chris Ault, who coached Colin Kaepernick at the University of Nevada, is concerned that the 49er quarterback's National Anthem protest could have lasting career ramifications. There are people who still treat people of color with subjectivity. "Colin, I respect your stance, but don't disrespect the flag". "Cops are getting paid leave for killing people".

Kaepernick is taking a moral stand and says he will continue to sit out the National Anthem as his form of protest.

Some lauded his decision to exercise his right to free speech on a controversial issue, while others slammed Kaepernick, saying he was disrespecting a country that gave him that right in the first place. "I think that definitely will help this generation and the world", Watkins said.

"I think as a coach, it is something you always think about". We have had that experience with guys making mistakes in their private lives, as well, and doing wrong things in their private lives, as well.

Cruz believes that it is more so about comradery instead of pledging allegiance to the United States, however standing at all for Kaepernick seems hard to do.

Earnest said he's "confident" Obama, an avid sports fan, is aware of the episode, but that he hadn't spoken to the president about it.

"The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony".

There's just a lot going on that people don't want to talk about, and I feel like us as athletes, we're looked at as role models.

"Voltaire so eloquently stated, 'I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend it until death your right to say it, '" John Harbaugh said.

"You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist", he said.

"Perhaps he could lend his commentary to the over 8,000 murders that African Americans inflicted on one another in 2015".

"As I've gained more knowledge about what's going on in this country in the past, what's going on now, these aren't new situations".

"They have that right", Bowles said. "I support him in that".

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