Outspoken San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick triggered a new controversy Thursday – this one involving his choice of footwear, CBS San Francisco reports.
Hours before kickoff of Thursday’s preseason game in San Diego against the Chargers, photos emerged from practices in August showing Kaepernick wearing black socks with images of pigs wearing police hats on them.
The socks drew criticism from law enforcement officials.
“It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas [Cowboys] football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told USA Today Sports.
Johnson also directed his ire at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under [commissioner] Roger Goodell, and this is just another example of that,” he said.
The quarterback explained why he wore the socks in an Instagram post Thursday morning and tried to quell the latest firestorm. He said that he had “two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people.”