So Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest takes a different meaning for some people. They interpret it as him disrespecting the United States and its armed forces. Of course, everyone has their own opinion, and the story is far from over.
On January 10, 2017, the former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a silent protest during the National Anthem to raise awareness of racism in America. Fans, players, and the media were mixed in their reactions. Especially, those who supported the police and disagreed with the anti-police violence taking place. But, one person saw Kaepernick’s peaceful protest in a different way.
First, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has gained a lot of popularity for his skills on the field and his ability to turn a double play. Those who didn’t know the former runner-up probably got to know him in 2016, when he started using his platform to speak out against social injustice. Millions of people around the world supported Kaepernick, and he even earned the respect of the legendary New York City detective.
Frank Serpico supported the protests and activism of Colin Kapernick
Frank Serpico himself admits that he doesn’t consider himself a football fan. But Colin Kapernick, a retired NYPD officer, certainly supported him. According to the New York Daily News, Serpico, who became famous for exposing NYPD corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s, joined dozens of other officers at a rally in support of Kaepernick in Brooklyn, New York in August 2017. Nearly 75 officers, most of whom were minors, wore T-shirts with the caption #imwithkap. At the time of the promotion, the former NFC champion was still a free agent. If Serpico didn’t care about football, why did he want Kapernick to get another contract? He gave the Daily News an honest and direct answer. I am here to support all those who have the courage to speak out against injustice and oppression in this country and around the world. Frank Serpico Kapernick was denied a contract this year and has not played in the NFL since January 2017.
Serpico is a former NYPD detective who uncovered police corruption
Frank Serpico, a legendary NYPD detective who exposed police corruption, supported the activism of Colin Kapernick (left). Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for the Tribeca Film Festival. Serpico respects Kaepernick for speaking out against, as he puts it, injustice and oppression. If you read the biography of a retired detective, it’s easy to see why. Many people know Serpico, who turned 85 in April 2021, by Al Pacino. The legendary actor played a detective in the 1973 biographical film Serpico, which recounts how Serpico uncovered widespread systemic corruption at the NYPD. During an attempted drug bust in February 1971, Serpico was shot in the face. He retired in June 1972 and has spent the last few decades campaigning against modern police brutality. That journey eventually led him to a meeting in support of Kaepernick in 2017.
Many sports and non-sports personalities have endorsed Colin Kaepernick
Mr. Serpico is far from the only big name, in and outside of sports, who has supported Mr. Kapernick’s activism. NFL players from different backgrounds and professions followed in Kaepernick’s footsteps, kneeling or raising their fists during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social inequality. NBA superstars Kevin Durant and LeBron James wore special jerseys with Kapernick’s number 7 in February 2019 for Super Bowl 53. Then-U.S. President Barack Obama defended the quarterback’s protests against the anthem in September 2016. Ava DuVernay, the director, boycotted Super Bowl 53 to protest the NFL’s racist treatment of [Kaepernick]. The former second rounder was a free agent until May 2021 and had not yet officially retired. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19 . COMPARED TO: Colin Kapernick just got a recommendation from a Pro Football Hall of Fame member who said he should get a chance in the NFL