Colin Kaepernick on Sunday defended his decision not to stand for the national anthem at a game two days earlier, saying he is protesting on behalf of people oppressed because of their race.

“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all — and it’s not happening for all right now,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick said “police brutality” was one of the reasons he sat during the anthem.

“This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and effect change,” the quarterback said. “So I’m in a position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

In regards to Kaepernick’s stance, the NFL issued a statement saying, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

Kaepernick said he did not plan on the protest to get so much attention, but added, “the fact that it has blown up like this, I think is a good thing.”

“Now I think people are really talking about it, having conversations about how to make change, what’s really going on in this country and we can move forward,” Kaepernick said

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