Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York decided to send Sand Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a very specific message via twitter. The message referred to the capture of a man wanted in the recent New York City bombing.
Suspect in custody. You are welcome Colin Kaepernick.— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) September 19, 2016
"Suspect in custody," wrote Zeldin. "You are welcome Colin Kaepernick."
Recently Kaepernick started a silent protest by sitting, and eventually kneeling, during the national anthem before football games. He and other NFL players are protesting and bringing awareness to the treatment of black Americans throughout the country. And even though others have supported his protest, including the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, there are many out there who are extremely unhappy with Kaepernick.
Some of the more outspoken Kaepernick nay-sayers include Zeldin, as well as Senator Ted Cruz and various police agencies across the country. They believe that not standing for the national anthem is a disgrace, and is disrespectful of American troops.
So, after two bombings, one in New York and one in New Jersey, injured 30 people, killing no one, Zeldin took the opportunity to make a point and call Kaepernick out. He also spoke to Business Insider about the capture of the suspect and the football player's protest.
"This is that moment in time that reminds us exactly of why we are so blessed to have men and women in our military, law enforcement, and other first responders who would risk their lives and lay it all on the line to protect our freedoms and liberties," Zeldin said. "This is why our flag is the more than just colored cloth… I'm insulted and disgusted when someone refuses to say the pledge or stand for the national anthem. That is their right of free speech and this is mine."