The president was asked at a news conference Monday about Colin Kaepernick‘s protest gesture. Obama said he has no doubt that theSan Francisco 49ers player is sincere and ”cares about some real, legitimate issues.”
Kaepernick has been heavily criticized since starting his silent protest. He’s said it’s not an anti-American gesture but a means to bring attention to racial injustice.
Obama says he hasn’t paid close attention to the matter. But he adds approvingly that Kaepernick has generated more national conversation about ”issues that need to be talked about.”
Meanwhile, the Santa Clara police chief has vowed to continue providing a safe environment at San Francisco home games after the union representing his officers threatened to boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don’t discipline Kaepernick for criticizing police and refusing to stand during the national anthem.