September 24, 2016

Staind singer Aaron Lewis has publicly called out Colin Kaepernick for deciding not to stand for the US national anthem in protest of the way African-Americans are treated in the U.S.


Lewis says the San Francisco 49ers Quarterback should be “financially penalized every time he doesn’t stand.”

Kaepernick has used his NHL platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S. In doing so, he’s faced a backlash, with detractors accusing him of disrespecting his country, the military, police officers, his team, and even the NFL.

Lewis recently did an interview with and was asked about the Kaepernick controversy, “It absolutely infuriates me. And it makes me even more angry that the NFL, which is so intertwined into this nation, is allowing it to take place — that they’re not benching him, they’re not financially penalizing him every time he doesn’t stand… That is a direct slap against the country that makes the NFL as great as it is. The rest of the world, for the most part, doesn’t even care about football; their football is soccer. And for the NFL to just sit back and allow him to do that without any sort of penalty or repercussion, I don’t understand that.”


Kaepernick defended not standing for the US National anthem, telling reporters he will continue to remain seated to bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality.

“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all — and it’s not happening for all right now. There’s people being murdered unjustly and [people are] not being held accountable. Cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

The 49ers issued the following statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

Lewis told Billboard earlier in the year that he would support Republican candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, even though he was “disappointed” by the real estate mogul “with the bickering and the name-calling.”


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