Colin Kaepernick has caused a huge stir following his actions on Friday during a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game.
The quarterback remained seated during the American national anthem and many people have spoken out against his actions, claiming he showed a lack of patriotism. However, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in NBA history, believes the Milwaukee native's patriotism should be admired.
"One of the ironies of the way some people express their patriotism is to brag about our freedoms, especially freedom of speech," he wrote in the Washington Post. "But then brand as unpatriotic those who exercise this freedom to express dissatisfaction with the government’s record in upholding the Constitution."
Kaepernick was protesting against the way black people are treated in the United States of America and Abdul-Jabbar believes he should be praised for risking his professional career by standing up for what he believes in.
"One sign of the maturation of American society is the willingness of those in the public eye, especially athletes, to openly take a political stand, even if it could harm their careers."
The actions of the quarterback have really peaked interest in America but the former L.A. Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks man believes the racial issues are what should really be making headlines across the pond, not the decision of a football player.
"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after (Muhammad) Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here."