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BLOG: Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' take on Colin Kaepernick's anthem snub is spot-on

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 17:03:06-04

I'm sure you have your opinion. Everyone does. But it'd be tough to put things into better words than Cardinals coach Bruce Arians did Monday.

As I'm sure you've heard, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem Friday night. "I'll continue to sit. I'll continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed," he said. "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

Well, that was enough for some people to start burning Kaepernick jerseys and posting it to social media. Bruce Arians had a different approach during Monday's press conference.

"I respect his right as an American," Arians said. "Freedom of speech is one thing. I disagree with (his decision). I want to stand and cheer for all the people who have lost their life of every race, religion, gender defending that flag. It's not my opinion, but I respect his right."

Can I get an amen? I really think the coach hit the nail right on the head. Freedom of speech, one of America's greatest inalienable rights, allows Kaepernick to speak out. 

So, no matter where you stand on the topic, at the end of the day, you can sum it up in three words: agree to disagree.