NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick should consider moving to another country if he doesn’t like America’s principles, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a Wednesday night radio interview.
Brooks was asked to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Nike after the shoe company stopped distributing the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe, which featured the Betsy Ross-designed American flag with 13 stars, at Kaepernick’s urging. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who became a controversial figure after he began kneeling during the national anthem of football games to protest police brutality and has since become a Nike endorser, argued the shoe was offensive because the Betsy Ross flag has been co-opted by white nationalist groups.
“We’ve got some very radical people in the United States of America who don’t like America. They don’t like the foundational principles that have made us a great nation, and I would put Mr. Kaepernick in that category,” the Huntsville congressman told “Breitbart News Tonight” on SiriusXM Radio.
Brooks added that it was “absolutely absurd” for Kaepernick, who is now an activist addressing racial inequality, to protest the Nike shoe.
“In my mind, perhaps he ought to consider moving to a country where he believes the laws are better for his purposes,” the congressman said. “I doubt he will do that because in this country we’ve had over a million Americans die fighting for our liberties.
“All of these things that we enjoy he seems to frown upon, and so I just assume he’d leave,” Brooks added.
*story by AL.com