Former San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice has irked a lot of nerves with his latest comments. The beloved wide receiver took to Twitter Monday night (Aug. 30) to give his two cents on the controversy surrounding 49er quarterback Colin Kapernick’s decision not to stand during the National Anthem.
All lives matter. So much going on in this world today.Can we all just get along! Colin,I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) August 30, 2016
The 52-year-old legendary Hall of Famer was accused by many of being out of touch. While the Internet and the nation remains split Kapernick’s actions, many online proceeded to drag Rice for not being able to identify with the reason behind 28 year old Kapernick’s choice.
— Chanel (@AwkwrdButterfly) August 30, 2016
So Ali was a hero, but Kaepernick is wrong. #JerryRice
— Ali the Greatest (@Greg1918) August 30, 2016
funny how I never heard or seeing JRY speak about the injustice that Blacks are facing, but as soon as a black man makes a stand #JerryRice
— Abdulrahman (@Abraham_Abdi) August 30, 2016
— Adam Clark (@admclark) August 30, 2016
Kapernick spoke with NFL.com about not standing during the national anthem and said the meaning behind his protest was due to the civil unrest plaguing the country.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”