DEE-FENSE! *clapclapclap* DEE-FENSE!
Aaron Rodgers may be a QB, but he’s being anything but offensive with his comments about Colin Kaepernick.
The Green Bay Packers star has the back of the former 49ers QB, who has yet to be signed to a new team since he made waves by protesting police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem.
While some have argued he isn’t being punished for his stance but rather he just isn’t good enough, many experts disagree — and Aaron is one of them.
He told ESPN Magazine it would be “ignorant” to believe the protesting has nothing to do with it; the truth is really simple:
“I think he should be on a roster right now. I think because of his protests, he’s not.”
While Rodgers isn’t planning on joining in the protests, he does say he’s on the side of those taking a stand by not standing.
In fact, he finds the protests to be peaceful and respectful and defends the rights of his teammates to participate. He explains:
“I’m gonna stand because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to. They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”
Rodgers may not be kneeling, but he is woke enough to know he doesn’t remotely know what these men are going through.
“I think the best way I can say this is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing — or any of my teammates have talked to me about…. But I know it’s a real thing my black teammates have to deal with.”
Rodgers does say he’s trying to understand better by talking with teammates like new tight end Martellus Bennett; he already knows enough to believe the country needs “remedy and improve” the situation.
See how fans on Twitter reacted to Rodgers defending Kaepernick:
Thank you, Aaron Rodgers.
It’s about time.
Important to remember that in addition to defending Kaepernick, Aaron Rodgers has also spoken out against Islamophobia. Pretty great person.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Charles Clymer├░┼╕┬Å┬│├»┬╕┬Å├óΓé¼┬ì├░┼╕┼Æ╦å (@cmclymer) August 30, 2017
It is our inability to recognize and accept racial inequality that divide us. I applaud Aaron Rodgers for coming to Kaepernick’s defense. pic.twitter.com/ug8suwd7tb
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Gregory Pizarro Jr. (@gregpizarrojr) August 30, 2017
What do YOU think??
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