Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning to react to GQ Magazine naming Colin Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year."
Mast, who served in the Army for twelve years and lost both his legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan, said Kaepernick shouldn't be honored for disrespecting the flag and dividing the country.
Kaepernick started the trend of NFL players refusing to stand for the anthem last year when he played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in a protest against racial inequality and police brutality. Although Kaepernick remains a free agent this NFL season, other players and teams have continued to protest, which has been a major source of controversy for the league.
"He's really stolen one of the greatest moments of Americana in professional sports out of everybody's life," Mast said. "And I don't think that's worthy of praise."
He said there are so many other people who should be viewed as heroes and role models, such as Rob Jones, a double-amputee vet who ran 31 marathons in 31 days to raise money for wounded veteran charities.
"That's inspiration, that's drawing the best out of people, that's the kind of person you name something after and you honor, not somebody that goes out there and finds a way to divide this country," Mast said.
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