San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was invited by Rev. Amos Brown to speak at the Third Baptist Church in the city, and he didn’t show up “because of the rigors of his training.”
Following Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the National Anthem, and after photos were released of him wearing socks depicting pigs wearing sheriff’s hats, a good majority of Americans are currently standing against the quarterback.
Rev. Amos Brown, the NAACP leader in San Francisco got into contact with Kaepernick after a NAACP leader in Chicago said that Kaepernick could use some backing.
“I immediately got into contact with (Kaepernick’s) agent and decided we would stand on his position with him and make sure that the truth is seen and he would not be vilified,” Brown said.
Despite Kaepernick not showing up, various speakers at the church, such as former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown still voiced their support of Kaepernick’s decision.
However, not all were happy with Kaepernick after he decided to ditch last minute. A Mission High School teacher named Jeremy Vasquez brought dozens of students and their families to church to “consider Kaepernick as a role model.”
Vasquez was upset with Kaepernick saying, “When you say you’re going to do something, that’s your bond, that says a lot. Maybe he got cold feet or was overcommitted. But this should have been his top priority. It would’ve been a great opportunity for him.”
In a time where Kaepernick has more enemies than friends, it probably would have been in his best interest to follow through with attending a church service that was actually in support of him.
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