“Pigs” is the nickname used by people who have a distain for cops, so when Colin Kaepernick wore socks that depicted cops as pigs, everyone jumped on it.  When Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem in protest, one of his issues was the police brutality against African-Americans.  So although the socks were worn prior to his public stance, they have caused a major uproar.

During an interview, Kaepernick said that police brutality against minorities has to stop if he’s ever going to stand for the national anthem again.

“People of color have been targeted by police,” Kaepernick said. “So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist.”

After Kaepernick’s interview, the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent out a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, blasting the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback comments.

Kaepernick first wore the controversial socks Aug 10, during 49ers practice and he has reportedly wore them on more than one occasion.

Today he took to his Instagram account and wrote an explanation.

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