Johnny Manziel says Colin Kaepernick’s protest is his right

Former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sits at the back of the courtroom while his defense attorneys confer with the prosecution after he appeared before Judge Roberto Ca?as?at the Frank Crowley Courts Building on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Dallas. Manziel reported to court Thursday for the first time since a Dallas County grand jury indicted him last month on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Former girlfriend Colleen Crowley has accused him of kidnapping, hitting and threatening to kill her in January.?(Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sits at the back of the courtroom while his defense attorneys confer with the prosecution after he appeared before Judge Roberto Cañas at the Frank Crowley Courts Building on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Dallas. Manziel reported to court Thursday for the first time since a Dallas County grand jury indicted him last month on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Former girlfriend Colleen Crowley has accused him of kidnapping, hitting and threatening to kill her in January. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) 

Former Cleveland Browns and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said Colin Kaepernick has the right to protest the national anthem.

“I think Colin Kaepernick’s standing up for what he believes in and he has a right to do that,” Manziel said to TMZ Sports. “So it’ll sort itself out.”

Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, made headlines in August after refusing to stand during the national anthem.

“I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick said he would continue his protest until he sees “significant change.”

Manziel, who is enrolled at A&M for classes this fall, said he was glad to be back at school.

“I’m an Aggie forever, brother,” he told the cameraman.

Manziel also brushed off questions about the possibility of the Browns calling him back to play. “I wish them the best,” he said. “I doubt that will happen, but I wish them the best.”

 


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