Santa Clara Police may sit out the San Francisco 49ers game over quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem.
The Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association (SCPOA) is threatening its officers may refuse to work future 49ers games at Levi’s Stadium if the organization fails to take action against Kaepernick, in a letter reported on by NBC Bay Area.
The letter, which is addressed to 49ers CEO Jed York, says, “The 49ers organization has taken no action to stop or prevent Mr. Kaepernick from continuing to make inaccurate, incorrect and inflammatory statements against police officers, which include members of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association.
“Furthermore, your organization has made no statement disagreeing with Mr. Kaepernick’s accusations.”
SCPOA’s letter declared its members unanimously agree that the 49ers’ lack of response is a failure, and warns continued lack of action, “could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
The Santa Clara Police Department is responsible for providing security at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, according to NBC Bay Area. The agency typically staffs about 70 officers during games.
Kaepernick has been in hot water with law enforcement nationwide since refusing to stand for the anthem, wearing socks depicting cops as pigs and criticizing police training.
“Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us,” the quarterback said.
Kaerpernick’s comments prompted a sheriff’s office in California to invite him to attend courses at its academy, so he could experience how intense police training is. (RELATED: Sheriff’s Office Invites Kaepernick To Spend A Day In A Cop’s Shoes)
The 49ers play the Rams Monday. It is unclear how many police officers will volunteer to work the event.
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