Thursday October 6th, 2016

Bruce Springsteen acknowledged athletes taking a stand for issues outside of athletics and voiced his support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an interview with Rolling Stone.

”Athletics is a difficult place to make political statements,” Kaepernick said. “There was the Olympics in the Sixties, and obviously Muhammad Ali. But sports is such an escapist field. I think when politics or personal expression is injected, it rankles people more than in other fields. But we're in a time where there isn't any place where these issues can be excluded. I admire Kaepernick, but it's a very difficult field to be outspoken in.”

Kaepernick’s protest started as he sat during the national anthem during a preseason game in hopes of raising awareness of racial injustice in America. Players throughout the NFL have also joined in the demonstration by taking a knee, locking arms and raising their fists during ”The Star Spangled Banner.”

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Springsteen was also asked about the Black Lives Matter movement and described it as “chickens coming home to roost.”

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