LISTEN: Rodney Harrison Says Colin Kaepernick ‘Is Not Black’

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Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the National Anthem his entire career. (Getty)

Former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison told Houston’s SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t understand what black people “face on a every single [day] basis” because Kaepernick isn’t black.

“I’ll tell you this,” Harrison said. “I’m a black man. Colin Kaepernick, he’s not black, OK? He cannot understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on an every single [day] basis. When you walk in a grocery store and when you walk in, you know, and you might have two or three thousand dollars in your pocket and you go up into a Foot Locker and they’re look at you like you’re about to steal something.”

Listen to the interview here:

Kaepernick is facing growing backlash after he refused to stand for the national anthem during last week’s preseason game. The quarterback, who is mixed race, said he didn’t stand for the Star Spangled Banner because of the way blacks are treated in America.

“If he really wants to make change, maybe what he needs to do is — maybe, you know — write a check out of that $11 million salary he’s making, and maybe donate it toward a cause or something like that to people who are fighting for injustices against people of color,” Harrison suggested. “That’s how you make change.”

Harrison took to Twitter after his comments took the internet by storm. He apologized in a string of tweets:

Kaepernick has said he will continue to sit during the anthem, but isn’t trying to rope any other teammates in to do the same.

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