Navy SEALs denounce anti-Kaepernick video, cut ties with museum involved
A video that was intended to be part of a fundraiser went all wrong. It instead turned into a viral sensation that received backlash from the public. The video, which has garnered millions of views this week, showed men with guns, wearing tactical gear, ordering dogs to attack a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
Rear Admiral Collin Green, the commander of the Navy SEALs, spoke with the media to address the situation:
“Each and every one of us serves to protect our fellow Americans – ALL Americans. Even the perception that our commitment to serving the men and women of this nation is applied unevenly is destructive,” Green wrote in an email to his forces, according to the Associated Press.
“While the museum is an independent non-profit organization and the participants were contracted employees from outside the DoD, in many ways, these facts are irrelevant. We have been inextricably linked to this organization that represents our history,” Green said. “We may not have contributed to the misperception in this case, but we suffer from it and will not allow it to continue.”
Green also mentioned that the Department of Defense previously had a relationship with the Navy SEAL Museum. However, because of the incident, the department would cut ties until it was satisfied that incidents like that would not happen again.
Amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and other social issues currently happening in America, Colin Kaepernick’s name was brought to the limelight once again. He was well known for his on-field kneeling protest against police brutality during his time in the NFL. He last played in the league back in the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers.