Although the NFL has turned its back on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his former teammates have not. Now, Takeo Spikes has come forward to talk about the allegedly blacklisted Kaepernick and how he deserves a statue in the Smithsonian because he “took a stand” against police brutality and racial discrimination. The Smithsonian Museum is located in Washington D.C. and is home to American history from across the centuries.
“I truly believe that he deserves some type of monument, a statue in the Smithsonian in D.C.,” Takeo Spikes told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Spikes did not play with Kaepernick at the same time he began his protest during the national anthem, but he still believes the former quarterback deserves recognition and respect. Spikes and Kaepernick played on the same squad for the 2011 and 2012 seasons and established a strong rapport.
Spikes added, “But he took time to look back and really just see the big picture, the spectrum when we talk about the inequalities. He decided to not only call it out but take a stand for it.”
Kaepernick was taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequalities in America. However, many white people saw his protest as a sign of disrespect for the American flag and the men and women who serve under it as members of the United States military complex.
“What I mean by that is people have a better understanding of prejudice and bias and how that sometimes affects how people of color are treated when in these situations to the point of obviously the loss of life in ways that seem more brazen now in the era that we just came off of politically, even in comparison to when we were under the Obama administration,” she added.
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