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49ers QB Kaepernick Refuses To Stand During National Anthem

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Two days after Colin Kaepernick chose to sit during the national anthem, the 49ers quarterback says he will continue to sit during future performances of "The Star Spangled Banner" until justice is reaped by all members of American society.

"I'll continue to sit," he said while standing in front of his locker during a post-practice press conference Sunday. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed." Fielding questions for nearly 20 minutes, the 28-year-old said his primary gripe comes with the unjust treatment committed by police officers against people of color around the country.

"There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable," he said. "Cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That's not right."Kaepernick made it clear that his gesture Friday night before San Francisco's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was not about bashing the military. His goal was to spark a national conversation and ignite change that will positively impact people without a voice.

"I think it's something that can unify this team and something that can unify this country," he said. "If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people, if we have these conversations, there's a better understanding where both sides are coming from."When asked if he has ever faced examples of police injustice, Kaepernick told reporters that he has been a victim "multiple times" and offered one instance when he said police pulled guns on him and a roommate while the two were moving out of a house in college.

In the meantime, he stands by his Friday night statement."This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all and it's not happening for all right now," he said.

(Information was taken from NBC News...)

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