Kaepernick’s protest irks Tigers’ Alex Wilson

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson is the latest Detroit athlete to take issue with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In a lengthy post on Twitter on Friday morning, Wilson wrote, in part, “disrespecting all the people who gave their life for him to have the right do that is not right.”

Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson is the latest Detroit athlete to take issue with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has caused a social-media firestorm for his refusal to stand during the national anthem in exhibition games.

He said he will continue to express himself moving forward, in protest of police brutality against minorities, including African-Americans.

Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem during the 49ers exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night and was heavily booed.

Kaepernick, 28, is half-black and half-white.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team’s exhibition game Thursday against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego.

“He doesn’t like it maybe look at people in other countries who are waiting in line to get into ‘oppressed’ society,” Wilson wrote. “I’m not saying we don’t have issues, I’m saying when u make 19 million there are better ways to respectfully make a stand than what Colin is doing.”

Wilson, 29, who is white, wrote the 170-plus-word statement in iPhone notes, then took a screenshot of that and posted it on Twitter.

In a previous tweet, posted late Thursday night and since deleted, Wilson was much more harsh, writing, “Get rid of Colin Kaepernick already ... He’s a waste of time ... Respect the people who allow him to do the (stupid stuff) he does!! Stand up (bleep).”

Wilson is the third Tigers player to speak out against Kaepernick, joining catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and James McCann, who both took exception to his actions.

Kaepernick has his supporters, too. On Thursday, teammate Eric Reid joined him in the protest, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kaepernick said recently he will donate the first $1 million of his 2016 salary to charity organizations to help with his cause.

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