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Video of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Addressing the NFL Anthem Controversy Recirculates on Twitter

by Hunter Miller
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg once addressed the NFL kneeling controversy during an interview with Katie Couric. The late Supreme Court Justice shared strong words in regard to the controversial issue that started in 2016 with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

A clip of Ginsburg discussing the issue resurfaced on Twitter after her death earlier this weekend. When asked about the issue, Ginsburg explained at the time that she feels that kneeling during the National Anthem is “dumb” and “disrespectful.”


“What do I think? I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said at the time. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. It’s dumb and disrespectful.”

Ginsburg continued by saying that while she disagrees with the act, she found the idea of involving law enforcement “dangerous.”

“I have the same answer if you ask me about flag burning,” she said. “I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.” Furthermore, she said, “I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act, but it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that does not jeopardize the health or wellbeing of other people. It’s a symbol they’re engaged in.”

In conclusion, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should prevent it. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing.”

Colin Kaepernick’s Response to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

At the time, Colin Kaepernick responded to Ginsburg’s comments. He said that he found it “disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb.'”

“I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue,” Kaepernick told Mercury News. “As I was reading that I saw more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.”