Fox News host Brian Kilmeade argued on Monday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should stand for the national anthem because he lived in a country where he had the advantage of being adopted by white people.
Over the weekend, Kaepernick told reporters that he would continue to sit during the anthem as a silent protest against police brutality and social injustice.
“To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what It’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to — I’ll stand,” Kaepernick said.
On his Monday radio show, Kilmeade asked former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann if he disagreed with Kaepernick.
Theismann argued that the NFL should adopt a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem, but he acknowledge the “race issues” that Kaepernick was trying to highlight.
“This country that he doesn’t respect by sitting during the national anthem has afforded him an opportunity in life that I don’t know many other countries that would,” Theismann opined.
“And let’s be honest,” Kilmeade said, “he was adopted by two white parents, he was well supported.”
“I don’t know what is in his experience that could be so negative,” the host added. “But let’s start from the place, we all love the country and let’s try to make it better.”
Listen to the audio below from Kilmeade and Friends, broadcast Aug. 29, 2016.