According to Fusion, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick finally spoke out against the controversy created when he wore socks portraying police officers as pigs during an Aug. 10 scrimmage.
Pictures showed him wearing the socks, many find offensive, during practice only days before his sit down protest during the national anthem at a pre-season game.
“I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust,” Kaepernick wrote on his Instagram account.
The football player also claimed that two of his best friends are police officers, along with two of his uncles.
“Before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately,” he stated.
According to CNN, Kaepernick will continue to protest for the foreseeable future, including Thursday night’s pre-season game against San Diego.