Spike Lee: Kaepernick Not Standing for Pledge in the ‘Tradition’ of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson

Monday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” filmmaker Spike Lee weighed in on the controversy involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem at an exhibition NFL game over the weekend. Lee told host Anderson Cooper that Kaepernick’s stand was in the tradition of unpopular stands Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson had taken in their careers to make a political statement. Transcript as follow: COOPER: So what do you make of Colin Kaepernick not standing up? LEE: I support him. I find it so interesting how people want to pick and choose what rights people have. Now, any time you talk about antigun violence, people run around screaming about they don’t want their Second Amendment rights to be infringed upon — the same way John Carlos and tommy smith raised their black glove fists at the ’68 Olympics in Mexico, the same way Muhammad Ali refused to fight for a war that was just as crazy. COOPER: Refused to fight the Vietnam War. LEE: Yes. The Vietnam War. These are rights Americans have. COOPER: You see what he is doing, what Colin Kaepernick is doing as in that tradition? LEE: Yes, it’s in that