Jerry Rice on Colin Kaepernick: ‘I Respect Your Stance but Don’t Disrespect the Flag’


Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to a game against the then-St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015 in St. Louis. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice has jumped into the debate surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem this preseason.

“All lives matter,” the former 49ers great tweeted Monday night. “So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.”

Kaepernick told reporters last week that he plans to continue his protest against social injustice. “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,” he said.

On Monday, Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh tweeted an apology for saying he doesn’t “respect the motivation” behind Colin Kaepernick’s action.

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