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POV | Colin Kaepernick is on his own

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What's really left to say about San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit down during the National Anthem to protest wrongdoings against minorities in the United States? Certainly, many people regard what he did as unpatriotic. But others agree with his opinions about America and cite his right to free speech.

Well, here's what I think:

I, too, regard his action as embarrassing and deplorable, but I'm not yet ready to brand him a traitor.

I, too, am aware of the racial injustices that remain in America, but I think a lot of people have already recognized and are working on solving those problems without any nudging from Mr. Kaepernick.

And I, too, recognize that he has the freedom to engage in such a protest. He's breaking no laws, and honestly, I'm glad our laws aren't that oppressive.

All that being said, if I owned the 49ers, Kaepernick would have been traded yesterday. For better or worse, players' public actions reflect on the entire organization, and I wouldn't want my image associated with his attitude. As I've often said, the right to free speech doesn't shield you from the repercussions of that speech. 

Allowing Colin Kaepernick to make his point in such a childish way isn't going to threaten the future of the nation. But if he happens to lose a few endorsements - or even his job - as a result, I sure won't be singing the blues.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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