As many sports and non-sports fans alike know by now, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has spear-headed a movement of silent protests during national anthems during football games and it has been bleeding into other sports across many different levels. It has not hit MLB, though we’re starting to see some comments on the matter.
Wednesday, Hall of Fame manager and current Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa had some thoughts, via SI.com:
“I know that there’s a constitutional right to express yourself, but I think you have a right as an organization to have a certain philosophy about respecting, whether it’s our Constitution, whether it’s our country, whether its our soldiers…our flag,” La Russa said. “I would not, to the best of my ability, I would not sanction somebody taking a knee.
“I think that’s disrespectful, and I really question the sincerity of somebody like Kaepernick. I remember when he was on top. I never heard him talk about anything but himself. Now all of a sudden he’s struggling for attention and he makes this big pitch. I don’t buy it. And even if he was sincere, there are other ways to show your concern. Disrespecting our flag is not the way to do it.”
Since this is a baseball page, we’ll clarify the portion about Kaepernick’s football career in case there are those in the dark. He was the starting quarterback for the 49ers when they went to the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. He was 2-6 as a starter last season and is now the backup QB.
Well he definitely wasn’t shy, that’s for sure. Many will agree and many will disagree here, as this has become a hot-button issue in the sports and political world alike.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Tony La Russa questions ‘sincerity’ of Kaepernick’s ‘disrespectful’ anthem protest