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Jimmy Garoppolo on Colin Kaepernick protest: ‘It’s not my idea of doing the right thing’

The Patriots quarterback shared his thoughts on the controversy.

Jimmy Garoppolo shared his opinion on Colin Kaepernick's national anthem controversy. Mike McCarn/AP

Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was a bit more expansive in his response to a question about Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem than his team’s head coach.

“It’s a touchy subject, but to each his own, I guess,” Garoppolo said Wednesday when asked about Kaepernick’s protest during an appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show. “It’s not my idea of doing the right thing. But it’s his personal opinion, I guess. You’ve just got to let him stand by that. But I think we have a great thing going on in this country. Everything about America, it’s a great thing. We’re all very blessed to be here. And it’s good to realize that.”

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After sitting during the national anthem before a preseason game last Friday, Kaepernick told NFL Media he was protesting “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” His actions and words incited strong and varied reactions from NFL players.

When asked about it on Monday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he did not want to discuss “political commentary.

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