49er QB says he will continue his Sit-down protest

The Colin Kaepernick protest dominated the weekend sports news cycle, and Monday, at sports bars, it still had heads shaking.

"It’s just not right, I think you should take pride where you live and he obviously didn't,” said Noah Horowitz a Green Bay fan.

Drive time radio talk show hosts, Chip Brown and Sean Adams, were also weighing in.

"There just seems to be other ways to try to make an impact without offending so many,” said Brown.

Adams, in respond, gave a qualified agreement, “now the problem is, the way this country is built, Liberty is not reserved only for people you agree with."

In the locker room, this weekend, Kaepernick responded to accusations that he insulted military service members when he refused to stand for the national anthem.

"I don’t understand how that’s the wrong way. To me this is a freedom that we are allowed in this country, and going back to the military thing, it’s a freedom that men and women that have fought for this country have given me this opportunity by the contributions they have made,” said Kaepernick.

The 49er QB made his statement just as NFL rosters are about to be cut down. Kaepernick is not expected to keep the starting job and releasing him now could open the team up for criticism.

"I don’t think it was a stunt, if it was a stunt I don’t think it’s working,” said Wes Fischer a Jets fan.

Kaepernick told reporters he decided to make the statement because he believes people of color are being oppressed in the United States.

"This stand wasn't for me, this stand wasn't because I feel like I'm being put down, in any kind of way, this is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and affect change."

Kaepernick went on to say he plans to continue his sit down protest - which did little to ease the anger expressed by former fans. Several images were posted on the internet of Kaepernick jerseys begin set on fire.

While the Sit Down Protest continues to be debated in sports bars, social media and by pundits, the local head of the NAACP, Nelson Linder, provided FOX 7 with his perspective on Kaepernick's motivation.

"It was a very unselfish act, he was thinking about other people, that’s what we should be doing,” said Linder.

The discussion sparked by the controversy is good, according to Linder, but he is concerned by the angry tone that is also dominating recent debates.

"There’s a lot of personal attacks, there is a lot of insecurity, I think it’s a very dangerous time for this country, and Id encourage all people to be more understanding and also read the history of America and that protest is OK, as long as you are respectful, protest is part of our whole foundation of our country, but again if we don’t teach history, people won’t get that, they'll get that blind patriotism, the blind loyalty and they don’t even tolerate designating point of views,” said Linder.

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