SportsColin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protests Have Changed One Man's Mind
And that man has some pretty good hands, too.
Former NFL players have not been shy about offering their ham-fisted reactions to Colin Kaepernick's protests of racial inequality during pregame renditions of the national anthem (hi, Trent Dilfer!). At first, this group included Niners great Jerry Rice, who offered this punctuation-challenged take back in August:
But one of the wonderful things about high-profile protests from Kaep (and the many athletes, NFL and otherwise, that have since joined him) is that, sometimes, they actually change people's minds. Earlier this month, Rice softened his stance, clarifying that he sympathized with Kaepernick's position and only takes issue with disrespecting the national anthem.
And today, satisfied that Kaepernick's protest does not actually insult Francis Scott Key's greatest banger, Rice announced his full support.
Well, look at that! Good for Kaep and company for staying strong, and good on Rice for keeping an open mind. It is a remarkable feat of ideological jiujitsu that the anti-Black Lives Matter contingent has portrayed one man's protected right to peaceful protest as disrespectful of the flag, and/or the military, and/or law enforcement, and/or America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Appreciating police officers and believing that there should be consequences for those that murder civilians without cause are not mutually exclusive.
Jerry Rice came around. There's still time for you, too, Trent.