Marine Veteran Running For Congress Calls Colin Kaepernick A ‘National Disgrace’

A Marine veteran who served in Iraq and is now running for a California congressional seat spoke out to blast former NFL player Colin Kaepernick on Monday, going so far as to call him a “national disgrace.”

Fox News reported that veteran Jeremy Staat, who also played in the NFL for four seasons, recently sent out a fundraising email to his supporters in which he said Kaepernick is a “national disgrace and I’m tired of seeing him celebrated like he’s a hero.”

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While appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Staat said  “[Kaepernick] knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now he’s going to go ahead and capitalize” on his decision. The veteran went on to accuse Kaepernick of “essentially extorting the black community and using Nike as his little shiny horse, if you will, to ride in on.”

This came days after Kaepernick spoke at “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony” also known as “Unthanksgiving,” on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California. The event is meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the famous island, which previously served as the site of a federal prison.

“Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter on Thanksgiving day. “The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.”

Kaepernick was the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 season when he began taking a knee during the national anthem before his games to protest against racial inequality in America. Millions of Americans were offended by this move, saying that he was disrespecting the American flag and those who have put their lives on the line to fight for it.

Kaepernick left the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, and he has not been signed by another team in the three years since then. Kaepernick and his supporters have claimed that he has not been resigned for racist reasons, but others have pointed out that he led the 49ers to an abysmal losing record in 2016, so it could be his lack of football talent that has led to him not securing another team.

Staat, who is currently running for Congress as a Republican in California’s 8th district, said that he is tired of seeing American veterans be treated like second class citizens in the very country they are risking their lives to protect. He added that instead of spending his time attacking law enforcement like Kaepernick does, he wants to be part of the solution by helping President Donald Trump in Congress.

“If you want to be part of the solution, go out and find ways to make the problem better. Don’t go out and attack individuals who are just doing their jobs,” he said.

Staat added that while he wants to reform the V.A., he is not going to “attack” doctors and nurses at V.A. hospitals.

Staat was a teammate of the late Pat Tillman at Arizona State before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998 to 2000. He then joined the Marines in 2006, and was deployed to Iraq one year later.

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