The union for the police force that patrols the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium has threatened that some of its members will not be working home games as a result of Kaepernick’s ongoing call to action.
According to the statement, union members wrote a joint letter saying that officers may respond to the 49ers not taking action against Kaepernick’s pre-game protest by “choosing not to work at [your] facilities.”
The spokesperson for the Santa Clara Police Department, Lt. Dan Moreno, told reporters via text that the police department will issue a statement in response to the union’s proposed boycott sometime today (September 3).
September 12 marks the opening home game at Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers, who are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams, and with the season fast approaching, the pressure is on to sort out the situation between the police union and the football team.
"It was learned by the members of the SCPOA that the 49er organization has been allowing Mr. Kaepernick to wear exposed socks with the image of a pig wearing a police hat during practices at the training camp in Santa Clara," the union’s letter read. "Photos of Mr. Kaepernick wearing these socks with the derogatory image have been broadcast nationally."
Kaepernick has already spoken on his decision to wear these particular socks with his team supporting him as his actions continue to spark a nation-wide dialogue regarding issues such as police brutality and inequality.
In a statement issued by 49ers, the team chose to stand behind their player’s decision not to stand for the national anthem.
”In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the team’s statement read.
According to the report, about 70 Santa Clara police officers work at the stadium’s home games. More on this story as it develops.
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