On Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the national anthem controversy surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick. As previously reported, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has protested the national anthem. Speaking to reporters while in China, Obama commented
I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, what he’s done is he has generated some more conversation around some issues that need to be talked about. My understanding, at least, is he is exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so.
See Obama’s remarks below.