In August 2016, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick attracted attention by sitting on the San Francisco 49ers bench as the pregame national anthem was being played. He told reporters he was protesting America’s systemic racism and police brutality against minorities.
One football player suggested that, rather than sitting on the bench to protest, he should simply kneel among his teammates. Although other players joined Kaepernick, NFL players’ “taking a kneel” didn’t explode into the national headlines until the 2017 season. Although Kaepernick had parted ways with the 49ers in March 2017, and had not been picked up by another team, the protest he had begun a year earlier carried on.
“Duck Dynasty” stars Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie Robertson, debated the issue with current and former NFL players Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Nate Boyer, on the latest episode of their Facebook Watch series “At Home With the Robertsons” in