21.5 F
Beckley
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:34am

Marine veteran turned congressional candidate calls Kaepernick a ‘national disgrace’



A former NFL player turned congressional candidate called out Colin Kaepernick on Monday for “pulling the racism and victim card.”

Jeremy Staat, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, wrote to supporters in a recent fundraising email that Kaepernick is a “national disgrace and I’m tired of seeing him celebrated like he’s a hero.”

On Monday, Staat told “Fox & Friends that “[Kaepernick] knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now he’s going to go ahead and capitalize” on his decision. He accused the former NFL quarterback of “essentially extorting the black community and using Nike as his little shiny horse, if you will, to ride in on.”

COLIN KAEPERNICK SPEAKS AT ‘UNTHANKSGIVING’ CELEBRATION, CRITICIZES US

Staat’s comments came after Kaepernick spoke at the “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony” also known as “Unthanksgiving,” on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The event is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the famous island, which previously served as the site of a federal prison. The protest, which began on November 20, 1969, lasted 19 months.

“Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz,” Kaepernick tweeted on Thanksgiving day.

“The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.”

Kaepernick is no stranger to controversy and has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season. He started a national firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games to raise awareness about perceived social injustices across the U.S.

He accused NFL owners in a grievance of blackballing him from the league because of the anthem protest, but the two sides settled earlier this year.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Staat, who is running for Congress as a Republican in California’s 8th district, said that he is tired of veterans being treated as second-class citizens and that, instead of attacking law enforcement like Kaepernick, he wants to be part of the solution by helping President Trump in Congress.

“If you want to be part of the solution, go out and find ways to make the problem better. Don’t go out and attack individuals who are just doing their jobs,” he said, adding that he wants to reform the V.A. but is not going to “attack” doctors and nurses at V.A. hospitals.

Staat played alongside the late Pat Tillman at Arizona State before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998 to 2000. The former defensive end joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and deployed to Iraq the following year.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.



Source link

Recent Articles

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas tried hiding $1M Russia payment, prosecutors allege

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas of receiving and trying to hide a $1 million payment from Russia just one month...

Joy Behar: Trump’s ‘tactics’ working since polls show less support for impeachment

"The View" liberal co-host Joy Behar expressed her concerns Wednesday that President Trump may be getting his way in the impeachment battle, suggesting...

Rep. Devin Nunes on Horowitz FISA abuse report: ‘I felt more than vindicated’

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Wednesday that he felt "more than vindicated" after the release of Justice Department Inspector General...

Amid criticism, Trump signs order targeting anti-Semitism at universities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to prohibit federal funding for colleges and universities that allow...

Anthony Rendon agrees to 7-year, $245M deal with Angels

Third baseman Anthony Rendon has agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan.Having fallen...

Related Stories