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NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick‘s choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the 49ers quarterback’s right to protest.

Asked by The Associated Press about Kaepernick’s decision not to stand before games when the national anthem is played, Goodell said Wednesday: “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Kaepernick hasn’t seem fazed by criticisms. He continued his silent protest in last week’s final preseason game.

Kaepernick has not been without supporters. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall called Kaepernick a “patriot.”

Goodell said NFL players have a visible platform for their viewpoints. With that comes responsibility to use those platforms properly.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” said Goodell, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. senator.

“I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Kaepernick has cited racial injustice and police brutality among the many reasons for his actions and said he plans to continue to not stand for the anthem during the regular season.

The 49ers open their season at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

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