SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — “Stick to sports” is officially retired.
TIME magazine confirmed that with its latest cover, featuring San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
“TIME’s new cover: The perilous fight. How national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling a debate,” TIME tweeted Thursday.
Agree or not, Kap has the country talking, and that's a good thing. https://t.co/b9H8ALVMyh
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) September 22, 2016
Since taking a knee for injustice during the preseason and continuing to do it through the regular season, Kaepernick has been joined by numerous NFL players, hoping to bring about change.
A poll of 1,100 Americans reveals Colin Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the NFL. https://t.co/wJ7rETzrzz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2016
“The idea that Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is unpatriotic fails doubly: first, in a mistaken notion of what real patriotism is, and second in missing a larger point,” John McWhorter wrote in TIME.
Kaepernick’s stance has prompted discussion regarding the treatment of minorities in the United States and police brutality.
TIME’s Sean Gregory interviewed Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, New England Patriots‘ Devin McCourty, and Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown. The issue will be released on Oct. 3. USWNT star Megan Rapinoe began kneeling after Kaepernick at soccer games and the WNBA has also taken notice.
Earlier this week, Kaepernick said he has gotten death threats because of his choice to protest.
“If something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point,” Kaepernick recently told reporters. “It’ll be loud and clear why it happened.”
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) September 22, 2016
The backup quarterback also plans to donate $1 million to local communities, donating $100,000 each month for the next 10 months.
Kaepernick, 28, is signed with the 49ers through 2020. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2015. He is 27-20 as a starting quarterback since 2011.
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