And that nationwide discussion has caught the attention of none other than President Obama.
While seaking at the G20 economic summit in China on Monday, the Commander-in-Chief supported the San Francisco 49ers quarterback for "exercising his constitutional right to make a statement."
Although Obama stressed the importance of the national anthem, he said that he doesn't "doubt [Kaepernick's] sincerity" and that "I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and, if nothing else, what he's done is generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about."
Here's President Obama's full statement about Kaepernick's protest.
Sounds like a presidential co-sign to us, especially considering how he ended his thoughts talking about how he'd "rather have young people who are engaged in the argument" than people sitting on the sidelines.
Kaepernick, 28, is certainly not the latter.
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