Kaepernick's Socks Send Message To Police (Photo)

| by Sarah Zimmerman
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick seems to be doing more and more to enrage the police.

The 49ers quarterback recently made headlines when he decided to sit out the national anthem in protest of police brutality. 

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

Kaepernick is now finding other ways to showcase his disdain for the police. CBS News reports that the football star has been sporting socks that show pigs in police officer hats since Aug. 10. 

The socks seem to be a direct attack on police, calling them animals. While Kaepernick has yet to be directly asked about them, the socks certainly seem as though they are meant to publicly mock police. So far, the quarterback has only worn them during practices. But that doesn't mean he's trying to hide his disdain of the men and women in blue.  

There is police brutality -- people of color have been targeted by police. There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher ... You have people who practice law -- lawyers -- who go to school for 8 years, but you can be a cop in 6 months. You don’t have to do the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. I mean someone with a curling iron has more education and training than people who have a gun. That's insane.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) has publicly responded to Kaepernick's scathing accusations, releasing a statement saying his comments show an "incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and officer-involved shootings ... and [a] total lack of sensitivity towards police officers."

"Perhaps Mr. Kaepernick could comment on the murder of 40 police officers in the United States in the past few months, or the assaults perpetrated on over 100,000 law enforcement officers in the past year," the statement continued, notes CBS. "The law enforcement community cannot be continuously blamed for all of society's problems, including racial dive, in our country. It isn't fair and it isn't true." 

Kaepernick has yet to formally respond to the SFPOA's remarks and plans on once again sitting out the national anthem during the Sept. 1 game against the San Diego Chargers. 

Sources: CBS (2), The Daily Wire / Photo credit: USATSI via CBS, Colin Kaepernick/Facebook

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