Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Wednesday and weighed in on San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s refusal to stand during the national anthem.
“To each his own,” O’Neal, 44, said. “It’s something I wouldn’t do.”
“I don’t really have a say on it but I would never do that. My father was a military man and he protected this country — uncles are in law enforcement, they go out and work hard every day. Just, you know, there are other ways to get your point across,” the multiple MVP winner explained.
O’Neal, who will be entered into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, questioned Kaepernick’s timing. The quarterback lost his starting position with the 49ers last season and will start the 2016 season as a backup.
“How come you didn’t decide to do this last year or the year before that or the year before that?” O’Neal said. “I’m aware of all the issues, but my question is how come he didn’t do it last year or how come you didn’t do it when you first entered the NFL?”
It’s a good question that many others have asked as well.
“Again, my thing is, you have to enter onto the scene one way,” O’Neal continued. “People like Muhammad Aliand Bill Russell, they were one way their whole career. You can’t show us something and then go to another just because of certain issues.”
O’Neal made some good points. It will be interesting to see what Kaepernick does now that he has the nation’s attention.
He’s going to need to do a whole lot more than sit down during the national anthem if he’s going to be the voice of racial oppression for the NFL. Otherwise he just looks like a washed-up former football starter who wants one more shout out before he disappears.
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