Shaq criticizes Colin Kaepernick for national anthem protest: 'I would never do that'

BY foxsports • September 7, 2016

Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest has found plenty of supporters among athletes, but Shaquille O'Neal is not one of them.

O'Neal has never been afraid to speak out, but he said on Wednesday's "FOX & Friends" that he doesn't agree with the way Kaepernick is making his statement.

"I don't know Colin, but again, to each his own. I don't really have a say on it, but I would never do that. My father was a military man, and you know, he protected this country. Uncles are in law enforcement, you know, they go out and work hard every day.

"Just, (there are) other ways to get your point across."

O'Neal has spoken often about how his late stepfather, Army sergeant Phillip Harrison, raised him to have respect for the military and law enforcement. During his playing career, O'Neal went through training to became a reserve police officer in LA and Miami Beach and was named an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshall.

He criticized Kaepernick for seemingly becoming an activist overnight:

"My question is, how come you didn't do it last year? Or how come you didn't do it when you first entered the NFL?"