But one Republican congressman just isn't buying the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's explanation.
During a recent appearance on Newsmax TV, Steve King, a Republican congressman representing Iowa, said Kaepernick is "undermining patriotism" by sitting and kneeling during the national anthem.
It's what he said next, though, that will truly have you shaking your head in disbelief, not to mention, disgust.
King proceeded to evoke Kap's girlfriend, Hot 97 personality Nessa Diab, as Colin's "Islamic girlfriend," adding that being her partner shaped the QB's views.
He said that that Kaepernick's form of protest is "sympathetic to ISIS."
"I understand that he has a Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him and he has taken on some different political views along the way," King said. "This is activism that's sympathetic to ISIS."
You can't make this stuff up even if you tried.
Here's King's full statement:
Although Kaepernick hasn't responded to King, Nessa seemed to blast the congressman's statements by retweeting comments coming to her and Kap's defense.
She re-tweeted this comment from New York Daily News columnist Shaun King.
And she also re-tweeted this comment from her Hot 97 colleague Tat Wza, who took direct aim at the politician as well.
Talk to him!
Disturbing viewpoints to say the least.
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