Blaine Gabbert announces he thinks America is “pretty great, actually”
SAN FRANCISCO — Blaine Gabbert may have locked up the starting quarterback job in San Francisco today by announcing that he happens to hold the opinion that America is “pretty darn great.”
“I know some other people may not be real big on America,” said Gabbert. “And that’s their opinion. They have that right. But, I don’t know, I just think it’s … good, you know? That’s just me, Blaine Gabbert, saying that I like America and the people who live in America. For whatever that’s worth.”
Gabbert’s comments come after fellow 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick told the NFL Network that he will not stand for the national anthem before games in protest of how African-Americans are treated in the United States. Head coach Chip Kelly said he very much appreciated Kaepernick taking a stand, so to speak.
“In this country, we have a right to say and do what we want to,” said Kelly. “That is all that Colin is doing and I respect that. Also, I appreciate that he is taking a stand as a black American. This whole time I wasn’t sure if he was black or white or, like, Spanish or something. But I’m pretty sure he’s black now. So, yeah, Blaine Gabbert is our starting quarterback.”