“I don’t know Colin, but again, to each his own,” O’Neal said. “I don’t really have a say on it, but I would never do that. My father was a military man, and you know, he protected this country. Uncles are in law enforcement, you know, they go out and work hard everyday.”
O’Neal continued by questioning if Kaepernick’s protest was genuine. “My question is, ‘How come you didn’t do it last year?’ Or, ‘How come you didn’t do it when you entered the NFL?’” O’Neal said.
It’s apparent that O’Neal missed the point of Kaepernick’s protest. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback never spoke against military and was simply protesting the oppression that minorities face in this country today.
O’Neal has a right to an opinion as much as Kaepernick has the right to sit during the national anthem. But O’Neal is currently catching flack on social media for speaking out against Kaepernick:
Hey @SHAQ in what way did you go about it? Cause I don’t recall you ever taking a stand of this magnitude?But its all good count ur money!
— RayyLive (@RayyLive) September 8, 2016
shaq is missing colin kaepernick’s point for his protest like it was a free thro..nevermind
— Corey (@CJsucitymvp) September 7, 2016
Never thought I’d see the day where Colin Kaepernick would be the People’s Champ and Shaq is The People’s Jackass
— Gridiron Chels (@ChelsIsRight) September 7, 2016
Guys like Shaq, Ray Lewis, & several others looking crazy right now speaking on Colin Kaepernick.
— Jay Force (@Jayforce) September 8, 2016