San Francisco Bay area police started out by demanding that Colin Kaepernick tell them he’s very sorry for hurting their feelings with his protest. Now, they are threatening to strike.
In a letter written by the head of the Santa Clara police union on Friday, Bay area cops are threatening to stop working home games played by the San Francisco 49ers unless the team does something about their big meanie of a quarterback. The 49ers’ games are played at Levi Stadium, which is located on the outskirts of downtown San Francisco, and Santa Clara cops provide secure for the venue.
But the police union says that if Kaepernick continues to protest police brutality and the unjust “murder” of black men by cops who get a paid vacation for their efforts, then they are taking their ball and going home. The letter said that if Kaepernick keeps on sitting or kneeling while the National Anthem is sung, it “could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
The letter also implies that Kaepernick’s actions (sitting), amount to what they called “harassing behavior.” Seriously. So what other “harassment” has the quarterback taken part in? Oh yeah, he wore socks that had cops depicted as pigs and that hurt their feelings too.
When the public finally noticed that Kaepernick hadn’t been standing during the national anthem this year, he said that he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
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,” Kaepernick explained.
On Thursday, two fellow athletes joined Kaepernick’s protest, refusing to stand during the Star Spangled Banner. Fellow 49er Eric Reid took a knee alongside his teammate, and not far away in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also sat with his head bowed while the anthem was sung.
Earlier this week, San Francisco cops wrote a letter of their own demanding an apology from Kaepernick.
We hope your organizations choose to do the right thing and at least apologize to the many officers Mr. Kaepernick has disrespected for no apparent reason,” department President Martin Halloran wrote.
Judging from the press conference he gave after Thursday’s game, it doesn’t look like Kaepernick is going to say he’s sorry for hurting anybody’s feelings anytime soon — or that he’ll be abandoning his protest.
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