Carroll: We owe ‘tremendous amount’ to Kaepernick

2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Pete Carroll has come out in support of Colin Kaeprnick. The Seattle Seahawks coach said, “I think that there was a moment in time that a young man captured. He took a stand on something, figuratively took a knee, but he stood up for something he believed in — and what an extraordinary moment it was that he was willing to take.”

Carroll: We owe 'tremendous amount' to Kaepernick

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on whose podcast Carroll made the comments, added, “To me, it’s really hard to look at what’s going on right now with all the violence and the protests and not look back to four years ago and say, ‘Look, this guy was trying to peacefully protest and nothing came of it. The killings went on and nothing changed and he was actually ridiculed so it’s a real tough one to think about.”

Carroll added, “And the whole mission of what the statement was, such a beautiful. It’s still the statement that we’re making right today. We’re not protecting our people. We’re not looking after one another. We’re not making the right choices. We’re not following the right process to bring people to justice when actions are taken. So I think it was a big sacrifice in the sense that a young man makes, but those are the courageous moments that some guys take.”

He ended by saying, “And we owe a tremendous amount to him for sure. We have to go beyond and act and take the action and it’s going to be a challenge for people. I feel frustrated I’m not doing enough. I’m not on it enough. I can’t get active enough to create the change. I think we need to make progress, not just change.”


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