Why Spikes believes Kap deserves statue in the Smithsonian


olin Kaepernick will be remembered for years and years, and will be known for much more than his time as the 49ers’ quarterback. Takeo Spikes was Kaepernick’s teammate on the 49ers for two seasons, 2011 and 2012, and believes the QB should be remembered with a statue — but at somewhere that holds much more weight than Levi’s Stadium.

“I think Colin Kaepernick, Monte I truly believe that he deserves some type of monument, a statue in the Smithsonian in D.C,” Spikes said to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole on the Jan. 29, 2021 airing of “Race in America: A Candid Conversation.” “The reason why I say this is because this man put everything on the line. … You hear the term ‘You can become a slave to the money.’ But Colin, could have easily done that. But I applaud him simply because he decided to take a stand. He decided to draw a line in the sand and say look, ‘I can make the money, I can live a carefree life for the most part and get paid handsomely and never say a thing because I’m not affected.’ But he took time to look back and really just see the big picture, the spectrum when we talk about the inequalities.

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