Kate Upton might not support San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, but the football player has an ally in comedian Steve Harvey.
Since the football pre-season began, Kaepernick has chosen to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color” by not standing during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Several other football players have joined Kaepernick’s stance, and on Tuesday, Harvey came out in support Kaepernick in a series of tweets.
“IMO the anthem protest isn’t anti government/military, it’s drawing attention to how the country isn’t living up to the words,” tweeted Harvey. “‘Land of the Free’ aint true for all sadly. Free to go to the store and buy skittles? Free to play in the park? Free to just be?”
He continued in a third tweet, “Ain’t that what America about though? Being able to express your opinion? I support @Kaepernick7 and his right to express his.”
In August, Kaepnernick explained the reasoning behind his refusal to stand for the national anthem. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he told NFL Media.
On Sunday, which was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, players for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Seattle Seahawks engaged in various acts of protest. However, this drew some criticism, in particular from the aforementioned model.
“Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country,” wrote Upton in a lengthy post on Instagram. “Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed.”
Read Harvey’s remarks below.