Colin Kaepernick has his share of supporters and critics of his decision to sit during the national anthem. On Thursday Shaquille O'Neal made his feelings known by saying he would never sit during the national anthem.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” (yeah, Shaq was on “Fox & Friends”), O’Neal said the following about Kaepernick’s protest:
“I don’t know Colin, but again, to each his own. I don’t really have a say on it, but I would never do that. My father was a military man, and you know, he protected this country. Uncles are in law enforcement, you know, they go out and work hard every day.
“Just, (there are) other ways to get your point across.”
Shaq also seemed to be confused at Kaepernick’s sudden foray into activism:
“My question is, how come you didn’t do it last year? Or how come you didn’t do it when you first entered the NFL?”
Shaq is certainly entitled to his opinion, but I think the “why haven’t you always had this opinion” argument is weak. People’s experiences and interactions with others change their opinions and their stances on things. All of us have likely encountered situations that have changed our perspectives. That’s an important part of the human experience.
Whether you agree with Kaepernick or not, he certainly has the right to change his stances and grow as a person.