The United States Navy SEALs on Sunday announced they were investigating a 2019 on-camera demonstration that sees four military working dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
According to the SEALs statement, they were notified of the demonstration when a few years old videos surfaced on social media over the weekend. The videos were initially posted to Instagram, but have since been removed.
“We became aware today of a video of a Navy SEAL Museum event posted last year demonstrating a military working dog,” the SEALs statement said. In the demonstration, the target is wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. The inherent message of this video is completely contrary to the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the United States Navy.
“We are fully investigating the matter and the first indications are that no active personnel or equipment was involved in the event of this independent organization.”
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Nearly four years after he started protesting racist injustice and police brutality in America by joining NFL games during the national anthem and then kneeling down, Kaepernick remains unemployed. Now a 32-year-old free agent quarterback, he hasn’t played in the NFL since the last week of the 2016 season. Kaepernick eventually spent six years with the 49ers before his peaceful protest led to him seemingly being blackened by the league’s team owners.
A clear reference to Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem during NFL games, in the second video examining the SEALs, the man attacked on the floor by the dogs says, “Oh, man, I’ll be standing.”
A June report suggested that Kaepernick drew “legitimate interest” from multiple NFL teams, but he was not signed.
Amid a global racial injustice movement that has sparked multiple statements from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of teams, many have spurred the league to get Kaepernick back into the NFL. Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins even suggested the league should assign Kaepernick to a team.
Goodell said on ESPN, “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, it will of course take a team to make that decision, but I welcome that support to a club that makes that decision and encourage them to do that. “