BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the national anthem prior to a preseason game Friday night has dominated headlines and drawn harsh criticism as well as staunch support.
Citing a personal protest against social injustices against African Americans, Kaepernick said that he refuses to stand for the anthem because he does not want “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III Griffin grew up in a military household where both of his parents served and while his personal beliefs may differ, he’s not going to question or judge Kaepernick or his motives.
“I think you definitely have to bring a spotlight to issues that you feel are pertinent to society,” Griffin said. “Colin Kaepernick’s stance on the American flag, I can’t judge him for that. My stance is that for me, I’m a military brat. My parents both served. My dad did 21 [years]. My mom did 13. So that represents something totally different for me. So I can’t judge him on what his stance is or what his beliefs are. I can only just go about it the way I know how to.”
Since signing with the Browns in March, Griffin has kept his head down in an attempt not to draw attention to himself and when pressed on the matter Tuesday he stuck with that philosophy.
“It’s not my place to judge what he wants to do or what he doesn’t want to do,” Griffin said. “So I’m focused on playing football, and if there’s any social issues that I feel like I need to address, then I’ll address them in my own way. But I’m not going to judge another man for addressing it how he wants to address it.”
Browns Hall of Fame running back and special advisor Jim Brown supported Kaepernick last night during a panel discussion that aired on NFL Network.
“I listened to him and he makes all of the sense in the world,” Brown said. “He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it. I am with him 100 percent.”
Browns receiver Josh Gordon said Tuesday that he is close friends with Kaepernick and he offered his support.
“I got a great respect for him. For him doing that, you know, that’s great that he did that,” Gordon said. “For him, he needed to voice his opinion and felt as though he needed to have his voice heard. I think he did it the best way he could, on his stage. I can do nothing but respect that. I’ve got no opinion on that, because that’s his opinion, that’s his right to do so as an American citizen.”