Colin Kaepernick Update: President Obama Supports 49ers QB's Anthem Protest [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 05, 2016 06:15 PM EDT
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Colin Kaepernick
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Photo : Getty Images )

Colin Kaepernick may be a polarizing figure these days, but he has the support of POTUS.

President Barack Obama recently was asked to address the 49ers quarterback's protest against the national anthem. Throughout the preseason, Kaepernick has been sitting down during the national anthem to protest the way race relations are handled in the U.S.

Though Obama follows sports closely, the president admitted he hasn't fully followed the quarterback's anthem protest. He did, however, say it was Kaepernick's Constitutional right to stay seated for the anthem and he also said he's fighting against important issues.

"I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about," Obama said in China, according to TMZ Sports.

Kaepernick has received mixed results over his protest, with some people being on board with him and others thinking its an outlandish way for him to get a message across.

On the field, Kaepernick is getting set for opening night of the NFL season. The 49ers will host the Rams on "Monday Night Football" to begin their schedule next week. San Francisco finished 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Kaepernick, 28, is coming off of a season where he completed 59 percent of his passes and threw for 1,615 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

Obama's stance is a different sentimate from that of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who had an opposite take on it when Kaepernick first started making waves.

"I think it's personally not a good thing," Trump said last month via TMZ Sports. "I think it's a terrible thing. Maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won't happen."

In his final action prior to the season, Kaepernick went 11-for-18 for 103 yards as the 49ers defeated the Chargers. 31-21, on Thursday in preseason Week 4 action.

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