Colin Kaepernick’s mom wasted no words Saturday responding to President Donald Trump’s statement that athletes like her son, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who protest during the national anthem are a “son of a bitch” and should be fired.
Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality, a gesture later taken up by other players. Kaepernick, a free agent, hasn’t signed with a team this year and analysts have blamed his advocacy.
During a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, Trump didn’t mention Kaepernick by name, but said such player protests were “a total disrespect of our heritage.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired’?” Trump said.