Kid Rock: ‘Man, F–k Colin Kaepernick’
While the world turns, headlines across the country have focused in on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his current protest hoping to bring attention to racial inequality. The NFL player came under scrutiny after he refused to stand for the National Anthem in protest of police brutality against the black community, while also hoping to draw attention to the racial divide in the country. Kaepernick's right to protest and choosing this manner to do so has stirred up plenty of debate over race, the military and patriotism and now Kid Rock has made his stance clear.
The American Badass performed two consecutive nights at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. and took the opportunity to lash out at Kaepernick while playing "Born Free." In the video above, Kid Rock can be seen exclaiming, "Man, f--k Colin Kaepernick," while raising his middle finger in the air, which was met with an enthusiastic reaction from the baseball stadium crowd.
Kaepernick's protest began in the pre-season where he explained his stance to NFL reporter Steve Wyche. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," the quarterback said. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
Since starting the first silent protest, other players around the NFL have backed the athlete with 18 players in total now either standing with a raised fist, kneeling or remaining seated. A tweet from NY Daily News' Shaun King can be seen below, capturing each player's protest during the National Anthem in recent weeks.
Kid Rock has been an open patriot throughout his career and even penned "Born Free" as a tribute to the military. In February, he voiced his opinion on the Presidential race, tossing his hat in the ring in support of Donald Trump. Noting not much has changed in the political system in recent presidencies, he told Rolling Stone, "My feeling: let the motherf–king business guy run it like a f–king business.”
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