A Marine veteran who served in Iraq and is running for Congress in California is calling out out Colin Kaepernick for “pulling the racism and victim card.”
Jeremy Staat, who also played in 31 NFL games over four seasons, wrote to supporters in a recent fundraising email that Kaepernick is a "national disgrace and I'm tired of seeing him celebrated like he's a hero."
And yesterday, he Staat told Fox News that “[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. He accused the former NFL quarterback of "essentially extorting the black community and using Nike as his little shiny horse, if you will, to ride in on."
This comes after Kaepernick spoke at the "Indigenous People's Sunrise Ceremony” also known as "Unthanksgiving," on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The event is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the famous island, which previously served as the site of a federal prison. The protest, which began on November 20, 1969, lasted 19 months.
Check out what Staat had to say below, and if you see what Kaepernick Tweeted late last week, you might understand why Staat is upset.