By sitting, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood for what he believes in.
In the preseason game against Green Bay, Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem. It was choice he made because he said he feels there is racial oppression in this country and his actions have sparked a national debate.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addressed his stance on the protocol while understanding the platform football allows for social change.
“It is an opportunity when that does happen, it’s an education opportunity. We talk about the national anthem each and every year prior to our first preseason game and how we conduct ourselves during the national anthem. I do think when you get situations where there are social issues, I think everybody - players and coaches alike - feel there is a responsibility to stand up for that. With that, that’s where the communication between you and your football team takes place and you respect each and every man - where they came from, who they are - but with that it’s more about not what they stand up for, it’s really when."