Shaquille O’Neal has joined the conversation on San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, and the former LSU great said he wouldn’t do what Kaepernick is doing.
Kaepernick has elected not to stand during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality against African Americans. O’Neal went on Fox News on Wednesday and asked why Kaepernick is only taking this stance now, instead of doing so in previous seasons.
“You have to enter onto the scene one way,” O’Neal said. “People like Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell, they were one way their whole career. … My question is, how come you didn’t do it last year? Or how come you didn’t do it when you first entered the NFL?”
O’Neal also said that he wouldn’t take the same approach as Kaepernick out of respect for his family members who have been in the military and law enforcement.
“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 every day. (There are) just, you know, other ways to get your point across.”
Watch O’Neal’s full comments here: