In a swipe at Kaepernick, Adm. Harris, the head of US Pacific Command, said on Wednesday that those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem. The statement added that Colin was putting his future as well as maybe his life on the line because of those beliefs he has.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's parents sought to dispel notions on Friday that they are opposed to their son's refusal to stand for the national anthem during football games this season. "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. These views could not be further from the truth, be we know that people will believe what they wish to believe".
"He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point", the statement from the Kaepernicks said.
But after reports that Kaepernick did not have the support of his parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick reached out to ESPN's The Undefeated on Friday to set the record straight.
'The recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son'.
The Kaepernicks, who are white, adopted biracial Colin when he was a baby after his 19-year-old white mother gave him up for adoption.
Kaepernick's parents said that even though their son has explained that he is protesting racial inequality in the USA, many people are still taking his kneeling during the anthem as being un-American or anti-military and that is far from the truth.
'Indeed after such sacrifice it is a reasonable expectation that all of our citizens enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness'.
The family's statement concluded, "When Colin first "took a knee", his family was as surprised as anyone". They did not understand why he was doing it, but then were overwhelmed by the hate spewed against him. Colin not only received bad racist tweets, but also received letters directly to our home similar to that recently received by [Denver Broncos linebacker] Brandon Marshall. Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is.
Kaepernick and the 49ers take on the Jets on Sunday.