San Francisco police union demand NFL, 49ers ‘denounce’ Colin Kaepernick’s ‘attacks’ on cops

Cops in San Francisco are throwing an all-out blitz at Colin Kaepernick.

The head of the San Francisco Police Officers Association fired off an angry letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers boss Jed York over the quarterback's "ill-advised statements."

Kaepernick started a national debate over the weekend when he said he was no longer going to stand for the national anthem.

While the cop union understands Kaepernick has the right to sit on the bench while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before games, it’s his reason for doing so that has San Francisco police demanding an apology.

 

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"While we certainly acknowledge Mr. Kaepernick's first amendment right to remain seated during the National Anthem, as inappropriate as that may be, we will not stand by while he attacks police officers in this country with statements such as, "People are on paid leave while people of color are killed," read the letter.

Kaepernick explained his decision after the 49ers preseason game vs. the Packers on Friday night in an exclusive interview with NFL.com.

"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," Kaepernick said. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The letter was signed by SFPOA president Martin Halloran.

"Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis."

Halloran's letter calls on the NFL and 49ers to "denounce his foolish statements."

"The law enforcement community cannot be continuously blamed for all of society's problems, including racial divide, in our country. It isn't fair and it isn't true."

The NFL nor the 49ers have specifically reacted to Kaepernick’s comments on police brutality.

The SFPOA boss concludes his letter by extending an open invitation to the 49ers QB to come and get a taste of what cops deal with on the streets.

"As a gesture to build communication and understanding about the law enforcement profession, the SFPOA extends an open invitation to Mr. Kaepernick and to any player or employee from the National Football league to visit the SFPD Academy and partake in any of the simulations that recruits participate in during their training."




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