The tide seems to be turning for Colin Kaepernick from vehement hatred to rousing support, at least among fellow NFL players.
In an interview on WFAN radio in New York, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said the 49ers quarterback is “one of the biggest patriots out there” for refusing to stand during the national anthem.
“I think President Obama said it best: That’s his constitutional right,” Marshall said.
“But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all.
“I think that the message was a little diluted because of how much respect a lot of us have for those that served. (They) gave us our freedoms, fought for our freedoms. But the message was clear.”
Marshall told host (and co-worker on Inside The NFL) Boomer Esiason he was “100 percent wrong” for being critical of Kaepernick in the days following his protest in Week 3 of the preseason, and that topics such as police brutality are common discussion points in NFL locker rooms.
Kaepernick was joined in his protest by teammate Eric Reid in the team’s final preseason game Thursday.
Seahawks’ defensive back Jeremy Lane also sat during the anthem in a separate game that night.
“The only thing that I would love for everyone to really think about is: What does the American flag mean to them?” Marshall asked.
“When I look at the American flag, I see a bunch of fights. You know how much we have overcome. When you look at it, the American flag is bigger than just one thing.”
SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports