Fox News host Brian Kilmeade: Colin Kaepernick should stand for the national anthem because he is adopted by white parents.
On Monday, Fox News' Brian Kilmeade implied during his show that Colin Kaepernick should stand for national anthem because the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was adopted by white parents.
Kaepernick has generated controversy for his decision to sit for the national anthem to protest "a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." It's a hot-button topic, and Kilmeade discussed it with former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann.
Theismann acknowledged Kaepernick's message, saying there were "racial issues" in America that needed to be addressed. However, he vehemently disagreed with the quarterback's method of protest.
"Those two minutes are about more than just trying to make a statement," Theismann told Kilmeade. "...This country that he doesn't respect by sitting down during the national anthem has afforded him an opportunity in life that I don't know many other countries that would."
From there, Kilmeade took over.
“And let’s be honest, he was adopted by two white parents," Kilmeade responded. "He was well supported. He's a great athlete. I'm sure he worked hard. I also heard his grades were great.
"But I don’t know what his experience that could be so negative. Are we perfect? No, but let’s start from the place, we all love the country and let’s try to make it better.”
RawStory has the full audio of Theismann's appearance.
It seems silly to suggest Kaepernick having white adopted parents prevents him from speaking on issues involving black people, considering the quarterback is half-black. Then again, NBC's Rodney Harrison criticized Kaepernick today and declared that the bi-racial 28-year-old "is not black," so the takes are certainly flying.
ESPN's Sage Steele blasted Harrison on Twitter.
This story isn't going away anytime soon.
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