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President Obama’s full statement on Colin Kaepernick

President Obama was supportive of Colin Kaepernick's recent protests during the national anthem. Mike Florio discusses the impact of Obama's statement.

During a press conference on his visit to China, President Obama was asked about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem. This was his full answer:

“In terms of Mr. Kaepernick, I’ve got to confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here and I haven’t been following this closely, but my understanding, at least, is that he’s exercising his Constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it. As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the national anthem, and the meaning it holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are. But I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”