Amid controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s decisionnot to stand for the playing of the national anthem, Giants left guard Justin Pugh has publicly weighed in, calling Kaepernick’s controversial decision “disrespectful” to our troops. The 49ers quarterbackhas twice refused to stand for the pre-game playing of the national anthem, in what he describes asa protest against "a country that oppresses black people and people of color" (NFL.com).

Kaepernick has faced widespread criticism following his most recent refusal to stand for the anthem, which took place Saturday duringthe 49ers' preseason clash with the Green Bay Packers.

Just hours before the Giants took the field to face the Jets in a preseason match-upSaturday, Pugh took to Twitter to voice his distaste for Kaepernick’s controversial protests, and thank the troops for their service:

Not everyone agrees with Pugh's comments

Though many Twitter users were quick to praise Pugh for speaking out against Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem, some didn't feel it was appropriate for him to comment.Houston Texans cornerbackCharles James II questionedPugh's decision to weigh in, quoting Pugh's Tweet and asking why he suddenly felt the need to tell people he planned to stand at Saturday's game:

To which Pugh quickly responded, calling Kaepernick's protest "disrespectful" to the troops:

Pugh further clarified his statements after receiving many angry Tweets from users accusing him of talking about thingshe "can'tunderstand" and exhibiting "white privilege":

Kaepernick saysit would be "selfish" to "look the other way"

When questioned by NFL Media's Steve Wyche about his refusal to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick said the following:

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than Football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way." Kaepernick went on to seemingly reference recent high-profile shootings of black men by police officers: "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder" (NFL.com).

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Despitethe backlash, it sounds like Kaepernick has no plans to discontinue his protests in the near future.

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