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Members of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association say they will stop supplying around 70 cops to each 49ers game if Kapernick continues
They say comments Kaepernick made about police brutality and a pair of socks decorated with pigs constitute ‘inappropriate workplace behavior’
Kaepernick has vowed to take a knee during the national anthem to protest the treatment of black people and people of color in America
He insists he is ‘not anti-American’, wants to help the country ‘get better’ and will donate $1million of his own money to make that happen
Members of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association have threatened to stop staffing 49ers games if Colin Kaepernick continues his national anthem protest.
Officers say they are offended at Kaepernick’s comments about police brutality and that if the organization does not stop him ‘it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.’
The move comes after Kaepernick spoke out about his protest following the Niners game against the Chargers on Thursday, insisting he is ‘not anti-American’ and will donate his first $1million earned this year to charity.
He has already donated $60,000 to buy backpacks for children in Harlem and the Bronx, in New York.
Speaking after the game, he said: ‘I’m not anti-American. I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this.
‘I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.
‘We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.’
Members of the police association took issue with that statement, alongside socks Kaepernick wore to practice several weeks ago covered in pigs wearing police hats.
The association, which provides around 70 staff at every game, said that if Niners staff ‘fail to take action to stop this inappropriate workplace behavior’ then ‘it could stop police officers working at your facilities.’
Their letter, seen by NBC Bay Area, added: ‘The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior.’
In response to the letter, officials at the 49ers reiterated a previous statement they made, saying that Kaepernick has a right to protest that they will not interfere with.
The quarterback, who is signed on to a $114million deal with the Niners, began his protest at the start of the preseason, but it first drew attention during a game last week against the Green Bay Packers.
Since then Kaepernick has faced national backlash, with fans burning his jerseys while playing the national anthem, while others branded him a ‘disgrace’.
Despite the outcry, Kaepernick has vowed to continue his protest through the regular season, saying he will only stop once he sees movement on key issues surrounding the treatment of minorities in America.
On Thursday Kaepernick also got his first supporters in the form of teammate Eric Reid, 24, and 26- year-old Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Jeremy Lane, who also stayed down during the anthem in his game.
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