MINNEAPOLIS — While a former teammate who caught passes from Colin Kaepernick defended the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s decision not to stand for the national anthem, a former teammate who blocked for Kaepernick didn’t see it that way.
Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone, who played five seasons with Kaepernick in San Francisco before leaving in free agency last spring, called it “shameful” that Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem on Aug. 26 against the Green Bay Packers, adding “we probably would have had a problem on the sideline” had the quarterback done it while Boone had still been his teammate.
Former 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said Sunday that “you still have to respect” Kaepernick’s opinion “even if you don’t agree with what someone does.” The quarterback told NFL Media on Friday that his decision was meant as a form of protest over the treatment of “black people and people of color” in the U.S.
While Boone acknowledged that Kaepernick “can do whatever he wants,” he added, “there’s a time and a place. Show some respect.”
“You should have some f—ing respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom,” said Boone, whose brother J.J. served with the Marines in Iraq. “We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.
“Anquan said it this morning [that Kaepernick had the right to do it], and I was kind of mad that he said it, because I was like, ‘God, if Anquan says it, I’ve got to go with it,’ because Anquan was such a leader, and he’s a smart guy. He gets it. But at the same time, I was upset with his choice to do that and kind of disrespect the flag.”