Starting the Conversation Is the National Anthem Controversy a Conspiracy?


I tend to be the type of person who rolls my eyes at conspiracy theories. However, when this one was brought to my attention – I just couldn’t help but wonder: A few weeks ago, one of this country’s most privileged, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was filmed sitting during the national anthem. When interviewed by the press after the game, he said he refused to stand as a protest.

Understandably, much outrage ensued.

The thing is, if you take a close look at Kaepernick sitting on the bench during the first incident, he doesn’t look as if he is protesting or making a stand by sitting. In fact, he looks as if, mentally, he is completely zoned-out. As if he is thinking about something else entirely, such as the game, and consequently, forgot to stand up. All the players and staff along the sidelines are standing and not even noticing him behind them.

By saying he was protesting, was he trying to cover-up that he just wasn’t paying attention?

If you want to take a look at the first incident with Kapernick, sitting on the bench, looking completely spaced-out in some sort of reverie, I have some video links on my blog, at Let me know what you think in the comment section, email me at or send me a “Letter to the Editor” at P.O Box 722 Wexford, PA 15090-0722 attn: Marianne Reid Anderson.