Photos emerged early Thursday linking back to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wearing controversial socks at practice:
The executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations fired back at Kaepernick and the NFL, for disallowing the Dallas Cowboys to wear a decal supporting the slain officers, via ESPN:
"It's just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas [Cowboys] football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he's wearing on the field," Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, said, according to USA TODAY Sports.
"I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under [commissioner] Roger Goodell, and this is just another example of that."
Just minutes after the head of the national police association responded, Kaepernick shared his response to the now-viral picture:
Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem was a direct reaction to what he called a "country that oppresses black people."
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he 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."
According to CBS, Kaepernick has been wearing these socks since at least August 10.
Kaepernick will likely continue his protest of the national anthem Thursday night, when the San Diego Chargers honor military members.
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