Fil-Am football fans defend Kaepernick’s national anthem protest

SAN FRANCISCO – 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is protesting injustice in America by sitting during the national anthem.

“There are a lot of things that are unjust and must be held accountable for and that’s something that needs to change,” said Kaepernick. “That is something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all and it’s not happening right now.”

Donald Trump joins the many across the country who are condemning Kaepernick’s actions.

“Maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen,” Trump told KIRO radio in Seattle.

Long-time 49er fan Rodel Rodis says Donald Trump should be the last person to be criticize Kaepernick.

“If Trump can say that Muslim Americans should be banned from the US and that Mexicans are all rapists if he can say those things how dare he say that someone who doesn’t say anything at least his act was not standing up that that was wrong but he can disparage Gold Star parents – there’s some hypocrisy there,” said Rodis.

Rodis admits that he was at first offended by Kaepernick’s protest but after looking at the lyrics and origin of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key he points out two lines that read; “no refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave”.

“He was talking about the fact that these slaves who were fighting with the Brits are going to lose and they will be in the terror of flight and they will be killed – the gloom of the grave,” said Rodis. “So it raises the question why are we singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ by a slave-owning racist?”

And life-long 49er fan Alvin Gubatina says that other high profile personalities should follow Kaepernick’s lead and raise awareness around inequality.

“Just because you’re a professional athlete and you get paid millions and billions of dollars it doesn’t excuse of you from being critical of the society that you are in,” said Gubatina.

Gubatina also reminds people that Kaepernick is not the first athlete to protest against injustice.

“I feel that someone like Muhammad Ali was able to have the courage because he knew what was right,” said Gubatina. “He knew how to treat people.”

As far as game goes, head coach Chip Kelly says he will make decisions on Kaepernick’s playing time based on his football skills and not his comments.

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  • Joe
    1 September 2016 at 4:56 am - Reply

    He refused to stand-up on US National Anthem, because he has $ 114 Million contract. America made you millionaire, if you don’t love your country get out and play on another country. I wish his endorsements from American company will be terminated for being ungrateful to America.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    1 September 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    There are many great players in this country (far greater than Kaepernick could ever achieved) still managed to real American to stand tall and proud in front of the American flag while the Star Spangled banner. It is obvious that $$$ is really distorting his rational. Rodeo Rodis, here we go again, if it’s not someone wearing that cheap an anti-Marcos t-shirt, it had to be that bleeding heart liberal Pro-Peenoy tree hugger Rodel Rodis citing slave owning racist…Tito Rodel, hear me out on this… According to Clague (2016), Key lost many slaves cases relating to his exaggerated and wrong interpretation of the Star Spangled banner. This anthem should be sung by any and all for everyone. Additionall, the Star Spangled Banner honors American military heroes, black and white with regard to race. The Star Spangled Banner is not a racist at all. Tito Roel, I just wonder what kind of commentator are you, if there is you should on is to find a case that the U.S Supreme upheld, not overturned….

  • Ramon
    1 September 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Rodel Rodis – Francis Scott Key is not a “slave-owning racist”. He has slaves he inherited. He didn’t buy them. He eventually released his slaves because he is against slavery. He knows it is morally wrong. He’s a lawyer who represented slaves to be freed! You’re saying “slaves who were fighting with the Brits are going to lose”. Do you think that time slaves without power can win against the powerful Brits? Are you an idiot?

    Star Spangled Banner is our National Anthem that honors American military heroes, black and white with regard to race.

    To FIL-AMS who won’t stand and sing the National Anthem are ungrateful, traitors, and disrespectful. You were granted American citizenship and now enjoys the benefits of an American citizen but what you do are disrespecting and dividing this country. You should be stripped off of your citizenship/green card and sent back to the Philippines. Love the National Anthem or LEAVE!

  • h
    1 September 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Hey all of you Filipinos that think Kaepernick is wrong, no his not wrong in doing what he feels is right. Look I was born here 64 years ago and went to war to fight for my country. But look at the American people today the way they treat people that is from other colors. Yes he is protesting about the white cops killing the blacks and getting away with it. Look at the boxer Ali he protest about not going into the army, and he was love more as a human.

    • Ramon
      2 September 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply


  • Kenikeni
    2 September 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

    What a jerk!! So ungrateful!!

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    3 September 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Mr. h…you were born here 64 years ago and went to fight for your country? Did you served a few tours and strike the bell because you could not handle it anymore; did you stayed long enough to understand that your service to your country is far greater than the selfish and self-centered rational that Ali had; did you stayed as a disgruntled because you were expecting 5-star accommodation without having to work hard for it…
    If you are that matured, properly and well informed person, how come you’re coming out with such a piss-poor; one-sided and bias interpretation of cops vs. blacks? Do you spend a lot of time watching YouTube, reading and watching liberal news and not conservative and unbiased sources? Or are you one of those “dirt balls ” sitting on benches, gossiping and smoking some cigaweed in San Francisco? People think that Ali was loved for protesting about joining the Army, he did not care about that! He only cared about his money. Seeing similar effects on Kaepernick…what’s really interesting was that he was raised by Caucasian family…