Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone made it clear Sunday that he was unhappy with the fact that his former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the National Anthem.
"We probably would have had a problem on the sideline," Boone said, had Kaepernick still been his teammate.
"It's hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there," Boone told USA TODAY Sports. "That flag obviously gives (Kaepernick) the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom."
Kaepernick told the NFL Network that he chose not to stand because he refuses "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Boone, who played with Kaepernick for five seasons, told USA Today he was disappointed by Kaepernick's actions, but not surprised.
Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, also spoke out against Kaepernick's actions.
Brees told ESPN's Mike Triplett that there were plenty of other ways Kaepernick could have spoken out about this very important issue.
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