Just because someone may say something unpopular, it doesn’t mean they can’t have a change of heart. Take for example, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice.
Just last month, the Pro Football Hall of Famer told current ‘Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Twitter “don’t disrespect the flag,” in a response to his decision against standing at attention while the national anthem is played prior to games.
All lives matter. So much going on in this world today.Can we all just get along! Colin,I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) August 30, 2016
But apparently Rice has at least softened his stance, perhaps because of the recent police shooting death of Tulsa motorist Terence Crutcher, who was killed last Friday. Perhaps because comedian D.L. Hugely called him out over it. He has always maintained that he was not anti-Kaepernick, just pro-anthem. But he has still taken major criticism over it. But in a Tuesday tweet he made it clear that he understands why Kaepernick has decided to take a knee rather than stand.
Kaepernick continued his protest gesture in the ‘Niners game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.