“I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family,” he said. “And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.” President Donald Trump, who has spoken against the #TakeAKnee movement in the past, doesn’t believe there’s any reason why people should be protesting the NFL. During an interview with CBS This Morning on Sunday, hours before the Super Bowl, Trump reiterated his stance against the movement, which was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustices. “You can’t be kneeling for the national anthem. You have to respect our flag and our country. I want that as president and I’d want that as a citizen,” he remarked.
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Kaepernick, 31, started the #TakeAKnee movement in 2016, when he declined to stand for the national anthem at games in protest of police brutality and the racial injustices faced by people of color in the U.S. While the silent act of protest quickly spread to other NFL teams, it also generated substantial backlash and ignited a political firestorm. In March 2017, the quarterback opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick hasn’t been hired by another team since and, in an ongoing lawsuit, is suing the NFL for colluding to keep him unsigned because of his politics. An arbitrator recently threw out the NFL’s request to dismiss the case.