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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams 'Dumb' Kaepernick Protest

| by Nik Bonopartis
San Francisco 49ers reserve quarterback Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers reserve quarterback Colin Kaepernick

After a summer in which she didn't sugarcoat how she feels about Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- and she's made it clear she's not a fan.

The 83-year-old Supreme Court justice told Yahoo News that she thinks Kaepernick's ongoing protest, in which he kneels during the Star Spangled Banner before his team's games, is "really dumb."

Kaepernick's ongoing protest has spawned imitators, from soccer player Megan Rapinoe to high school football players across the country.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” Ginsburg said. “If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”

Kaepernick, a back-up quarterback for the NFC West's last-place team, hasn't played a single minute in the 2016 season. However, he became a national story by kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S.

The quarterback is in the second year of a six-year, $114 million contract that will pay him an average salary of $19 million a year, according to sports contract database spotrac.

A handful of fans filmed themselves burning Kaepernick jerseys in August, but since then the reserve quarterback has enjoyed a massive spike in sales of his jersey. In early September, a 49ers source told ESPN that more Kaepernick jerseys had been sold in the previous week than in the prior eight months combined.

Ginsburg said she doesn't agree with Kaepernick's message, and thinks his ongoing protest is "dumb and disrespectful." Despite that, she said, it's Kaepernick's right to express his opinion.

“I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act,” she said. “But it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or wellbeing of other people.”

Sources: Yahoo News, spotrac, ESPN / Photo credit: Brook Ward/Flickr

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