After videos reached the internet of dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey during a demonstration at a National Navy SEAL Museum, the commander of the Navy SEALs announced the unit will suspend its support of the nonprofit organization.
In a email letter obtained by The Associated Press from an anonymous service member, Rear Admiral Collin Green, who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command, said:
“Each and every one of us serves to protect our fellow Americans – ALL Americans. Even the perception that our commitment to serving the men and women of this nation is applied unevenly is destructive,”…“We will revisit our relationship with the Museum when I am convinced that they have made the necessary changes to ensure this type of behavior does not happen again.”
Museum officials have yet to speak out about the videos.
Kaepernick is known for protesting back in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem after Nate Boyer, a former Army special forces soldier who tried out as a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks, suggested it. The former San Francisco quarterback and other players faced intense backlash. But a number of athletes have started kneeling after national protests broke out in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May.