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Buffalo Bills' players react to Kaepernick's decision to sit during National Anthem

Posted at 7:49 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 10:34:59-04

A few Buffalo Bills players wanted to talk Monday about the decision by the San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. He has been sitting during the National Anthem since the NFL preseason started.

Bills star wide receiver Sammy Watkins said he respects Kaepernick's decision. "There needs to be more guys like Kaepernick step up and say something. I think that definitely will help this generation and the world," he said.

Kaepernick said he's sitting as a form of protest against the injustices he sees in America, including what he calls unpunished police brutality.

Bills defensive tackle Casey Walker said he supports Kaepernick 100 percent.

"As a minority as a black man in America, I can understand where he's coming from. You see everyday black men getting killed, unarmed black men getting killed, and nobody really doing anything about it. So why would I stand for a country that really don't stand for me?" Walker said.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he respects Kaepernick for what he's doing.

"I think when you really take in context and see where he's coming from. He's trying to obviously put a spotlight on a lot of things that are going on in America, that I think a lot of people don't like," Alexander said.

But U.S. Senator Charles Schumer disagrees. He said the song represents unity, equality, and the goals all Americans aspire to reach.

"Not standing up for the Star-Spangled Banner is the wrong way to protest," Schumer said.

"I commend him for standing up. I'm not that guy to say he's wrong or right," Watkins said.

Watkins has a message for Kaepernick, who's fighting for a place on the 49ers team.

"All I can tell you, stay strong man and stay up about the decision that you made," Watkins said.

Bills Quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he's planning to address the media on Friday regarding Kaepernick's decision.