Flashback: Minnesota Dem Running for Congress Backed Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award / Getty Images

Democrat Dan Feehan, who is running for Congress in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, in 2016 strongly supported former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem.

Feehan had tweeted repeatedly his support of Kaepernick when the quarterback and then other players refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem before games.

 

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"He should sit as long as he feels compelled," Feehan tweeted. "It is the precise use of freedom that I fought for on foreign soil. #veteransforKaepernick."

In addition to his use of the "#veteransforKaepernick" in his own tweet, Feehan retweeted two other stories about the hashtag.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since he opted out of his contract with San Francisco 49ers, entering free agency and going unsigned ever since. On Wednesday, the NFL announced a new policy where players must stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room while it plays.