By now, everybody has an opinion about Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem. Athletes on other teams and in other sports have made Kaepernick’s stance their own. Most of our opinions were immediate. Mine was. I don’t care if Kaepernick, who plays quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, takes a knee when the anthem is played.
Focusing on athletes that fail to stand for the anthem is like throwing a party and worrying about the guests who don’t show up. When you hear the anthem, you can do what most of us always have – stand and even listen to the words. Kaepernick and his 49ers play the Panthers at Bank of America Sunday. Your reaction to the anthem, and not Kaepernick’s, is what counts.
Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen