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New York Giants OL Justin Pugh Fires Back At Colin Kaepernick

Justin Pugh at practice facility.

New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh responds to Colin Kaepernick.

Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand during the national anthem being played before his team's preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers. Saturday, via the NFL's Steve Wyche, Kaepernick issued a statement on the reasoning for his protest.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh has issued a public response to Kaepernick on Twitter. Pugh informed his followers that he will be standing for the anthem tonight before his team takes on the Jets. It's a clear shot at the 49ers signal-caller.

Kaepernick - fair or not - has been catching a lot of heat for his decision and subsequent statement. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out regarding his status on the 49ers.