Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, parents to San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have kept silent about their son’s national anthem protest to stay out of the limelight. Earlier in the season, Teresa Kaepernick said “it’s not in our best interest or Colin’s best interest” to comment, however, the couple has since broken their silence. Speaking with ESPN on Friday (Dec.9) the two voiced their support for their son’s peaceful protest of The Star Spangled Banner.
“Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs. As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.” The couple echoed their support.
— theScore (@theScore) December 12, 2016
The Kaepernick’s, who are both white, adopted Colin when he was just five weeks old after his biological mother could not care for him. The 49er quarterback told reporters earlier this year, that his parents “agree with what I’m standing for.” The couple lost two children at birth due to congenital heart failure.
U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris takes a swipe at Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the national anthem all season pic.twitter.com/CsAw0WdcTz
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) December 8, 2016
“I just want to be on the record that we absolutely do support him,” Mrs. Kaepernick told ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Check out the entire statement made by Teresa and Rick Kaepernick here.