New York Giants Saquon Barkley and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have both expressed support for Colin Kaepernick.
Popovich said on Tuesday that Kaepernick did “a very patriotic thing” by choosing to speak out against social injustice.
Barkley has also shown support for the former NFL quarterback, despite the possibility of prompting criticism.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, but continues to be prominent sports figure.
Colin Kaepernick has supporters, and two of them are New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and San Antonio Spurs President Gregg Popovich.
On Tuesday, Popovich, who is coaching the 2019 USA Basketball National Team, was asked about showing patriotism in a divided country.
“Patriotism means a lot of things to a lot of different people,” Popovich said, according to ESPN. “You can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that’s what we’ve fallen short in a lot of different ways. Being a critic of those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It’s what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better.”
Popovich praised the video Kaepernick posted on August 7 that said he was still ready for another chance in the NFL.
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“To negate that part of what we’re able to do is ignorant on anybody’s part who tries to make those people look unpatriotic,” Popovich said. “Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did. He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about.”
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began protesting police brutality and racial oppression in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem. He opted out of his contract in the 2017 offseason and has not landed another deal since then. Earlier this year, the NFL settled a collusion case in which Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid accused the NFL of blackballing them.
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Barkley also retweeted the Kaepernick video Popovich praised in support.
Supporting Kaepernick or using his platform to speak about social issues can prompt criticism, but Barkley isn’tconcerned about that.
“I’m not afraid to speak my mind,” Barkley told the New York Daily News. “If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care. But I respect that people have their own opinions. Everyone is entitled to that. I just would hope that people respect I have a right to my own opinion, as well.”
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Source:: Business Insider – Sports