Pelosi Doesn't Know How to Pronounce Colin Kaepernick's Name

September 24, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) doesn't appear to know how to pronounce the name of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose national anthem protests have sparked nationwide debate.

President Donald Trump touched off a firestorm in the sports world over the weekend with a series of broadsides against Kaepernick and NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, as well as telling NBA champion and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry his invitation to the White House was rescinded.

"Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd asked Pelosi on Sunday to weigh in on the debate; she responded Trump should "bring people together" as he promised.

"He should see this as an opportunity," Pelosi said. "Somebody—Colin Komper—Komper—Kumpernick [sic] doing what he did says this flag enables me to do this. This national anthem enables me to do this."

Pelosi said she'd always felt sports and the arts can bring people together.

Kaepernick played for Pelosi's hometown San Francisco 49ers and reached a Super Bowl with the team in the 2012 season but is currently a free agent.

It's not the first time Pelosi has had issues with pronouncing the name of a famous athlete. Despite the Golden State Warriors being based near Pelosi's San Francisco district and Curry being one of the most famous players in the world, Pelosi pronounced his first name as STEE-ven instead of the correct STEFF-in.