His parents, who are white, are pushing back on rumors that they do not support their son's protest.
After staying silent throughout his national protest, the parents of Colin Kaepernick have decided to finally talk about his decision and beliefs. And one thing that is clear is that they are very proud of him.
"Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs," Teresa and Rick Kaepernick wrote in a statement released to The Undefeated.
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Colin Kaepernick has sat or knelt through the national anthem for the 2016 football season so far, and has said that he will do so for as long as he feels is appropriate.
“I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed," he said in October, as reported by the Associated Press. "To me this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
As for the rumors that they do not support his beliefs, his parents says that is further from the truth.
“As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others."
The Kaepernicks, who are both white, adopted Colin when he was just five weeks old.