“Everybody getting up in arms about it, they’re certainly in their right to do that as we’re certainly in our right to protest,” he concluded.
Bryant's comments come on the heels of a Philadelphia Eagles player effusively praising Kaepernick as a "legend," while he and other Super Bowl championship teammates declined White House appearances.
Bryant’s interviewer, Jemele Hill, also made waves recently by saying President Donald Trump was pushing “racial pornography” by urging people to stand for the national anthem.
Hill, who was suspended for two weeks months ago for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on her personal Twitter account, made the recent comments on Rev. Al Sharpton’s show “Politics Nation.”
Sharpton asked how Hill felt about Trump “[taking] a shot at people that are standing up about injustices?”
Hill replied that she wasn’t surprised because Trump is a “racial pornograph[er].”
“I wasn’t surprised, and I think this is going to be — a probably, a constant thing for the president, because it’s a very easy dog whistle, it’s low hanging fruit, it’s what I like to call ‘racial pornography,’ because it’s a way to stoke his base,” she said.
The Sporting News reached out to ESPN for comment about Hill's MSNBC appearance and ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys replied that "the anthem is a sports issue."
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Previously, as we mentioned, Hill was suspended for tweeting that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists,” and that Trump is “bigot” and “the most ignorant, offensive president of [her] lifetime.”
ESPN released a statement in October saying that Hill was suspended for violating the company’s “social media guidelines.”
Hill followed that with an apology for "paint[ing] ESPN in an unfair light."