49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick could pay the ultimate price for his protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States.
Kaepernick has received death threats on various fronts since his protests during the national anthem have gained massive media attention. But while his very life could be in danger, the football player doesn’t seem too concerned about it.
"To me, if something like that were to happen, you've proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now," Kaepernick said. "Granted, I don't want that to happen but that's the realization of what could happen and I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. That's not something I haven't thought about.”
Since Kaepernick began his protests, many other NFL players have joined suit. During Week 2 alone more than a dozen players protested during the national anthem. While some have chosen to kneel in protest, others have raised a fist as the song played out.
Kapernick has said he anticipated backlash for his protests, but that his focus will continue to be on those offering their support.
"I think other people are picking up on the protest and speaking out about it, from high school to activists to pro athletes," Kaepernick said. "I think it's huge and I think the more conversation continues between those communities, more and more solutions will come up on how to fix this and the best way to fix it as quickly as possible. I think that's important and ultimately the goal."
[ H/T ESPN ]