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Richard Sherman opens up, disagrees with Kaepernick's method

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People all over the sports world are weighing in on Colin Kaepernick's decision to remain seated during the national anthem.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman offered his opinion on Monday.

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"I thought that was interesting. What he meant was in a good place," Sherman told reporters. "He wanted to make a stand. Obviously, any time you don't stand during the national anthem, people are gonna criticize it. And that's the unfortunate part of it -- you can't ever stand against the flag, a lot of people have sacrificed for it -- but there is also a deeper meaning to what he did.

"He's talking about the oppression of African Americans in this country and that has been going on for a long time. And I think a lot of the focus has shifted away from his message -- and shifted to some people, rightfully so -- to him taking a stand against the nation. But I think there's also things in this nation that people need to remember ... this country is the same country that had "whites" and "colored" signs on the bathroom. We're still in that country, we're still in that nation and that needs to be acknowledged...

"There are people with that mentality that still exist and that needs to change ... there are people that still treat people of color with subjectivity. They treat them a certain way ... there are certain statistics that are put out there to make sure that police profile certain people in certain neighborhoods and that needs to change. So there is some depth and some truth into what he was doing."

 

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Kaepernick told the media on Sunday that he will continue to sit during the national anthem in the future.

"I think he could have picked a better platform and a better way to do it," Sherman added. "But everyday they say athletes are so robotic and do everything by the book, and then when somebody takes a stand like that, he gets his head chopped off."

The 49ers play the Chargers on Thursday night.