Police Pig Socks Trigger New Kaepernick Controversy

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Outspoken San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick triggered a new controversy Thursday – this one involving his choice of footwear.

Hours before kickoff of Thursday’s preseason game in San Diego against the Chargers, photos emerged from practices in August month showing Kaepernick wearing black socks with images of pigs wearing police hats on them.

The socks drew criticism from law enforcement officials.

“It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas [Cowboys] football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told USA TODAY Sports.

Johnson also directed his ire at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under [commissioner] Roger Goodell, and this is just another example of that,” he said.

The quarterback explained wearing the socks in an Instagram post Thursday morning and tried to quell the latest firestorm. He included that he had “two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people.”

Kaepernick planned to continue his protest of sitting for the national anthem before Thursday’s game, which will air on KPIX 5 in the Bay Area at 7 p.m.

His decision to sit during the pre-game national anthem in protest over the state of race relations in America has become a flashpoint of debate in Bay Area offices, in the media and on social media.

A Survey/USA poll released Thursday found that 79 percent of those asked had heard or read news stories about Kaepernick’s protest. Of those who responded, 55 percent did not respect his decision to sit during the national anthem.

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Earlier this week, the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter to San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York and the National Football League, ripping Kaepernick for his comments about the behavior of police officers in his defense for sitting during the national anthem.

On Sunday, Kaepernick met with reporters and explained why he was taking his stand.

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“There is police brutality — people of color have been targeted by police,” he said. “That’s a large part of it. They (the police officers) are government officials. They are put in place by the government so that’s something that the country has to change. There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher…You have people who practice law, lawyers, who go to school for 8 years, but you can be a cop in 6 months. You don’t have to do the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. I mean someone with a curling iron has more education and training than people who have a gun. That’s insane.”

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In its letter to the 49ers and the NFL, the SFPOA said it “will not stand by while he (Kaepernick) attacks police officers in this country with statement such as ‘people are on paid leave while people of color are killed.'”

The organization said Kaepernick’s comments show the quarterback has “an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and officer-involved shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers.”

The SFPOA asked the NFL and the 49ers to “separate” themselves from the comments.

“While the SFPOA acknowledges Mr. Kaepernick’s right to speak his point of view and we stand by this right, we also recognize your organization’s ability to denounce his foolish statements and separate yourself from his actions,” the letter read.

The SFPOA closed the letter by offering Kaepernick, any member of the 49ers or the NFL the opportunity to come and spend time at the police academy to get a first-hand idea of the training of a police officer.


One Comment

  1. marty says:

    I thought we outgrew the pigs reference back in the 60s

  2. zinnsand21 says:

    I got news for you. Blacks are just as racist if not more than whites. My Daughter teaching underprivileged inner city kids, BY CHOICE BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, has encountered nothing but racial prejudice, disrespect and insulting behavior by nearly half of an african american 4th grade class because she is white and not from the inner city…. The hypocrisy that racism is a one way street is this nation’s biggest lie….

    1. Mork says:

      Why would your daughter waste time on educating those that are too stupid to be educated? If blacks want a better life in this country then they need to understand that they are the REAL problem and no one else. They are failures at life, in love, and in every other aspect because they are sub-human and do not want to change themselves for the better.
      They will always be beneath other people because that is how their brains are formed.

      1. Pauline says:

        You sound pretty sub human yourself. In of wits, you’d be showing up unarmed. I’m actually shocked you can form complete sentences.

      2. Larry from Concord says:

        Mork, we need to send them back to Africa and have Africa pay us for sending us so many worthless people in the first place.
        I wish more people understood that these things cannot be taught and they are simply a drain on our financial resources and have given us little in return.

  3. Even his birth parents hated him when he was born….

  4. So it looks like those cops who demanded an apology aren’t getting one.

  5. Jack Street says:

    Mr. Kaepernick is entitled to have an opinion, but he should take the time to gather facts before making broad statements. He is in the public eye, and he wants to use the platform he has to put forth his opinion. Broad statements have gotten him the attention he craves, but they have done a great disservice to the millions of adults and young people who accept his uninformed views without realizing that he has not verified his statements. Special interest groups have gotten a great deal of attention with their inflammatory statements, and the press creates “excitement” (and sales) publicizing those statements, but Mr. Kaepernick should not simply repeat what he has heard and read, he should examine for himself the available facts. Police departments across the U.S. are composed of people from all races, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, and political parties. Police officers are humans, subject to the same life situations and pressures as all other humans, plus the additional responsibilities placed on them by society and the laws. Considering the hundreds of thousands of incidents which occur each year, the use of deadly force by police officers occurs in a fractional percentage. The majority of police officers never have to fire their weapon except at the training ranges. If Mr. Kaepernick wants to be relevant to the discussion, he should inform himself of the facts and strive to accomplish something positive. Otherwise, he would be irrelevant to the discussion and pathetic in the attempt.

  6. TN says:

    Colin Kaepernick’s spiral has continuing (and not the kind quarterbacks usually throw). Actually, more like a whirlpool…
    Kaep’s opinion is very American, and he’s 100% entitled to it. His forefathers and patriots fought hard for that right; and many died to protect it for all of us. But to sit for the USA flag and national anthem? I think he’s missing the point and confusing his feelings and beliefs for respect and honor of our United States flag, and what it is supposed to stand for. He’ll be sitting a lot more if he continues to think with the large muscles that pad his torso, instead of the muscle tissue between his ears…

    1. TN says:

      (change “has” to “is” please. sorry about that)

  7. National Association of Police Organizations really should shut up. After all, they endorsed Obama, the same guy who defends BLM whenever he can, hosts them at the White House and never misses an opportunity to badmouth the police. I daresay their champion in the oval office has done more to harm this country than the halfwit who won’t stand for the anthem ever could.

    “This Administration’s unwavering support for law enforcement has meant that men and women in uniform across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently, protecting the communities and citizens they serve. There are simply no better friends of law enforcement – and no stronger choice to lead this nation for another term – than President Obama and Vice President Biden.”

    NAPO 2012

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