Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson on Sunday took to Facebook to address the ongoing controversy over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the national anthem.
Watson recalled a game a week ago in which he stood with his hand over his heart.
"Not because America is ALL I desire it to be because most assuredly it is not," Watson wrote, adding "racism still stews, families are fractured, the unborn are trashed, schools are struggling, religious freedom is increasingly under attack, violence pollutes our cities and our suburbs, and there is a growing divide between law enforcement and the community."
"I never forget the ills of America but for a moment I envision its potential, remember its prosperity and give thanks to God for the land He has placed me in and the people I love who live in it. I stand, because this mixed bag of evil and good is MY home," he wrote.
"And because it's MY home, my standing is a pledge to continue the fight against all injustice and preserve the greatest attributes of the country, including Colin Kaepernick's right to kneel," Watson added.
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