Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests have seen world-wide attention and with that a world-wide amount of opinions. However, Kaepernick revealed Tuesday that some of the “opinions’ are now turning into death threats from,”a couple different avenues,” according to Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne.
The Mercury News’ Cam Inman provided more information:
Kaepernick said he does not alert team security in the wake of such threats, because, “to me, if something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.
“Granted, it’s not how I want it to happen, but that’s the realization of what could happen. I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. It’s not something I haven’t thought about.”
During Tuesday’s media session, Kaepernick also spoke about the death of Terrence Crutcher. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday, Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer.
“This is a perfect example of what this is about,” Kaepernick said, per the Mercury News. “It will be very telling about what happens to the officer that killed him.”
Though despite the death threats, Kaepernick said Tuesday that he’ll continue the protests.
“There’s a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country and people don’t like to address that and they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “You have players across this country, not only in the NFL but soccer and NBA and high school players, they don’t like to address this issue that people of color are oppressed and treated unjustly. I don’t know why that is or what they’re scared of, but it needs to be addressed.”