San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he chose not to stand with his teammates during the national anthem back in August.
Kaepernick explained his reasons for not standing during the national anthem: “There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust [that] people aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for — freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.”
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann had some strong words for Kaepernick.
Appearing Tuesday on “Outnumbered,” Theismann called out the San Francisco 49ers for awarding the team’s most prestigious honor to Kaepernick, who sparked controversy this season by refusing to stand for the national anthem, Fox News reported.
On Friday, Kaepernick won the Len Eshmont Award, given to the “49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.”
“You’re a 2-14 football team; he’s won one football game. What has he inspired?” Theismann said.
Theismann said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been “wishy washy” on this subject and he would like to see the league adopt a policy similar to the NBA in which all players are required to stand for the national anthem.
“I don’t agree with what he’s done,” Theismann said. “As a matter of fact, the American flag…stands for the right to be able to do the things you wanna do, to be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion. I agree with that part of it, but not when you’re on the job.”
Theismann’s comments come on the same day former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden appeared on “Fox & Friends” discussing Kaepernick. Bowden said he would have urged Kaepernick to find another way to voice his displeasure since protesting the anthem would be “unwise.”
Watch the above segment, and tell us your thoughts on Theismann’s remarks.