As time goes on, Cam Newton seems to respect and appreciate Colin Kaepernick's 2016 season-long kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racism and police brutality of unarmed Black men even more.
After an NFL week, which had many NFL players kneeling during the anthem in response to President Trump calling any protesting player a "son of a b***h," Newton called Kaepernick a "legend" who "made the ultimate sacrifice (as a player)."
“My hat goes off to the Colin Kaepernicks of the world,” Newton told the media Wednesday, as reported by The Charlotte Observer. “He’s made the ultimate sacrifice (as a player) and I respect that wholeheartedly. I can’t let a moment go by without shedding light to that ... a person that does have the talent to play, a person that should be in this league, but I feel as if he’s not getting his just due because of his views."
Yes, Kaepernick remains a free agent QB despite putting up better stats than starting and backup quarterbacks who remain employed today. That must have really hit the Carolina Panthers' star quarterback and former NFL MVP, considering last year around this time was when Kaepernick's initial stance sparked national awareness for the aforementioned issues he was trying to combat enough to land him on the cover of TIME.
“But that’s a legend, right there," Newton said, as reported by the newspaper, continuing to heap praises onto Kaep. "For him to think outside of himself, to raise awareness of something that, this is 365 days removed from his first initial stand and now here we are doing the same things. And now everybody is kind of understanding what his reasoning was, and I respect that.”
Watch Newton's full comments on Kaepernick below.
In September of last year, Newton also found himself making national headlines, but for all the wrong reasons, inexplicably telling GQ that he believes America is "beyond" race.
Weeks later, however, Newton did salute Kaepernick's stand against injustice.
That being said, it's nice to hear the respect that Newton has for what Kaepernick did and the overall effect it has had.
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