Respect for Kaepernick stance – Manning

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Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says he respects San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest during the national anthem, during a visit to China to boost interest in the NFL.

Respect for Kaepernick stance – Manning

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SHANGHAI, (SEPTEMBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. FORMER DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING ON STAGE

2. MANNING WITH NFL’S LOMBARDI TROPHY / MANNING SHAKING HANDS WITH PRESENTER AND SEATED

3. FANS IN CROWD

4. FAN IN MANNING’S JERSEY

5. MANNING ANSWERING FAN’S QUESTION ON STAGE

6. NFL LOGO

7. MANNING SPEAKING

8. MANNING ANSWERING FAN’S QUESTION ON STAGE

9. LOMBARDI TROPHY

10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK, PEYTON MANNING, SAYING:

“I know Colin (Kaepernick). Colin came to our football camp when he was in college, I have competed against him. He’s always been very nice to me, and I’ve just enjoyed knowing him. I certainly respect his right, his stance, and obviously he can speak for himself- you know, he can give you his thoughts and I don’t think anybody else, you know, can be speaking for him – I certainly have always believed in standing for the national anthem, but I certainly respect his rights.”

11. LOMBARDI TROPHY

12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK, PEYTON MANNING, SAYING:

“I know that the goal of the NFL certainly is to bring an actual game over here, just like they have in the United Kingdom. I know that’s the goal, that would certainly, I think knowing that the NFL wants to accomplish that, hopefully we’ll create more excitement and anticipation of that event. I know that would do wonders to help grow the game over here. I think, you know encouraging more people to watch football, to play football, encouraging our youth to join some of these flag football leagues or some of the other leagues that are already in existence here.”

13. VARIOUS OF MANNING

STORY: Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning said on Sunday (September 25) that he respects San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest against what he sees as social injustice by refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Manning, who retired in March of this year following a Hall of Fame career with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, made the comments at a news conference in Shanghai.

Manning is in China to promote the sport.

“I know Colin (Kaepernick). Colin came to our football camp when he was in college, I have competed against him. He’s always been very nice to me, and I’ve just enjoyed knowing him,” Manning told media at a news conference shortly after attending a NFL fan forum.

“I certainly respect his right, his stance, and obviously he can speak for himself- you know, he can give you his thoughts and I don’t think anybody else, you know, can be speaking for him – I certainly have always believed in standing for the national anthem, but I certainly respect his rights.”

Kaepernick’s sideline protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a pre-season game last month has generated criticism from current and former NFL stars, whilst drawing support from other quarters.

He has since kneeled during the anthem in protest of what he calls racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including police-related violence.

Players from several NFL teams have protested during the anthem since then, either by kneeling or raising their fists

Manning also said that he hoped to generate more interest in American football in China, after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is working on holding a regular season game in China within the next two years.

“I know that the goal of the NFL certainly is to bring an actual game over here, just like they have in the United Kingdom. I know that’s the goal, that would certainly, I think knowing that the NFL wants to accomplish that, hopefully we’ll create more excitement and anticipation of that event. I know that would do wonders to help grow the game over here,” he said.

The Los Angeles Rams, who are already scheduled to play the New York Giants at London’s Twickenham Stadium this year, have been mentioned in multiple reports as a team interested in making the trip to China for a game during the 2018 season.

China was scheduled to host a preseason NFL game in 2007 to kick off the one-year countdown to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was postponed and ultimately cancelled.

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