Veterans react to Colin Kaepernick’s decision

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—Reaction keeps pouring in over Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a stand by sitting down.

KRON4’s Jeff Pierce tracked down a war veteran on Tuesday.

She had some pretty harsh words for the quarterback and thinks the protest is a sign of disrespect.

The controversy that emerged when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem has created an unprecedented backlash.

No group was more offended then military veterans.

KRON4 talked to one veteran today who expressed her disappointment.

“As a veteran, I just want him to know that my fellow veteran fought for him so that he had the right to do that but he is disrespecting their service,” said Patty O’Day who is a Vietnam War veteran. “You don’t attack the very symbol of our unity by refusing to stand and showing disrespect.

“Colin Kaepernick is an example to the children and he is a bad example. He could affect change so much better if he went down and was a role model for the kids, going to the schools talking to them because they did respect him.

“I don’t’ know if they’re going to respect him in the future. He’s just a football player he’s not a hero. I much more respect all those soldiers and the police and the fire and all the heroes we have in our country.”

Colin Kaepernick plans on sitting down during the playing of the anthem during the last preseason game in San Diego, a city of 95,000 active duty military personal.

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