Roger Goodell On Colin Kaepernick: Respect For Our Country Is Important

Roger Goodell, Colin Kaepernick (Credit: Getty Images)

David Hookstead Sports And Entertainment Editor
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not very supportive of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem.

[dcquiz] “Well my personal thoughts are I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. We live in an imperfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that. I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement, and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals,” Goodell told the media, according to USA Today(RELATED: Hookstead’s Hot Take: America Stood Up For Colin Kaepernick, He Should Stand For The Flag)

The polarizing commissioner also made it clear that it’s Kaepernick’s right to sit during the national anthem but he encourages him “to be respectful and it’s important for them to do that.” (RELATED: Millionaire NFL Quarterback Has Mind-Boggling Reason For Refusal To Stand For National Anthem)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 26: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of their preseason football game at Levi’s Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The 49ers quarterback’s decision to sit during the national anthem in protest against the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers has come under intense scrutiny, but Kaepernick isn’t backing down. (RELATED: Colin Kaepernick Will Remain Sitting During National Anthem [VIDEO])

Only time will tell how much longer this protest and headache for the NFL continues.

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