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Jared Odrick, Prince Amukamara comment on Colin Kaepernick situation

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I'm sure most everyone is aware of the Colin Kaepernick situation and his decision to sit during the national anthem prior to the start of games, something he's been doing since the start of the NFL preseason. Personally, as someone from a military family, I have absolutely no issue with what he's doing and don't really understand why everyone's knee-jerk response to something like that is about disrespect for the military, but... players from around the NFL have been asked their opinion on what Kaepernick is doing.

*If you want more in depth on Kaepernick, check this out on Niner's Nation

As mentioned, some NFL players have spoken out both in support and in criticism of Kaepernick, including Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Jared Odrick and cornerback Prince Amukamara.

"But that wouldn't have made the impact," Odrick told Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union, disagreeing about Kaepernick choosing an alternative method to voice his protest rather than sitting during the anthem. "When somebody feels there's a major issue, why would you bring it up in a sphere where nobody is watching? He has something to risk and that shows you how important it is to him. This is what protest is. This is what America is. These are the freedoms that have been fought for."

Amukamara also had similar feelings to that of Odrick, also via O'Halloran:

"People think just because you're anti-injustice, it means you're anti-American. But Colin explained in his interview that he has nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women who have served our country. His goal was to bring awareness to an issue and by sitting down, that was the biggest way he could do that."

We try to steer of politics here in the comments, because it usually ends up in a shouting match, but it is interesting hearing the perspective of other players from around the league on social situations such as this one. If you would like to read Kaepernick's clarification and explaination for what he's decided to do, you can read the full transcript of his comments here. I would also suggest reading this ("Kaepernick is asking for justice, not peace") for further understanding of the situation if you're struggling to grasp thinking about the perspective as a white person, because a lot of the time that is a main part of understanding issues like this, they're often unfamiliar and unfathomable.

I've decided to leave the comments open for this after debating closing them, just to save headache, so if you're going to discuss this please be respectful and keep it clean.