USC Coach: I'd Be 'Disappointed' If Player Didn't Stand During Anthem

In a statement released by the National Football League in wake of these events, the NFL says players are "encouraged" to stand during the National Anthem but not required. Soon after that, the San Francisco Police Department demanded an apology from Colin Kaepernick. But the Jets are staying quiet. Stewart took to Twitter to slam the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Arian Foster reacted.

Todd Bowles was one of the few in Florham Park who did address the subject.

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit while the "Star-Spangled Banner" plays before games is angering some athletes with IN connections.

"We recognize his right to do that". Geno Smith said he wasn't talking about anything.

Following the incident Kaepernick was asked by the media about why he did what he did.

To another critic who called him a racist, Stewart replied that "I had a black roommate" for five years, which brought the reply: "Did you kill him, too?"

"He has a right to sit on his butt during the national anthem", Mr Huckabee said.

The quarterback's move elicited strong reaction from fans, who began filming themselves burning his jerseys, and from high up places like the White House and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"I don't care to comment on it", Fitzpatrick said. And that needs to be acknowledged and that needs to be changed. "That's his right as a citizen". And what I would like to see, if you really see oppression when you look at the flag, then make it your mission to be proud of it.

Fox News host Sean Hannity went one step further on his radio show on August 29 by suggesting that Kaepernick was not standing for the national anthem because he had converted to Islam, notes Media Matters (video below). Do I feel like he's wrong? No.

"I acknowledge his right to do that. I support him in that".

While explaning his stance to reporters Sunday, Kaepernick criticized both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"This is a free country", Williams told the News. "Probably. I don't think anyone has bought my jersey yet, so I don't know if it's going to be burned, but it's a major issue and I'm definitely going to stand my ground for this one". The 49ers quarterback refuses to stand for the National Anthem as a protest of how black people are treated in America.

Gilchrist opted not to expand on his feelings. "It's his method of action that I take exception to". Kaepernick has been sitting out all of the preseason games so far.

Kaepernick's "stand" also caught the attention of Myke Tavarres, rookie linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Pryor made his intentions clear after being informed of Tavarres' original plan to sit during the anthem.

At the time of the interview with Pryor, the news of Tavarres' flip-flop hadn't surfaced.

"Oh well", Pryor said.