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Tebow Backs NFL's Kaepernick on Right to Protest

09-22-2016
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Former NFL player Tim Tebow is standing behind San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's right to protest the American flag over police brutality. 

He says it is always a good thing when someone takes a stand for what they believe in. 

But Tebow, a devout Christian who was popular for kneeling on the football field and praying (dubbed "Tebowing"), will not share his opinion on the issue Kaepernick is protesting. 

Tebow says he is going to keep his thoughts to himself. 

"I think there's a lot of people who have thoughts out there,'' Tebow said. "And for now, I'm just going to keep mine to myself about it."

Still, Tebow explained he believes it is a good thing when someone has convictions. 

"When people have belief in something, or a conviction in something, trying to stand for that is a good thing," Tebow said. 

"It's all about standing for it the right way," he said. 

Tebow made the comments in a press conference after practicing with the New York Mets. 

He began his professional baseball career this week down in Florida in the Mets Instructional League.

Kaepernick's protest during the anthem became public last month when he sat during the anthem before a preseason game against Green Bay. 

He has since kneeled before the Niners' past three games. The kneeling is meant to show more respect for U.S. military veterans.

Kaepernick has also announced plans to donate $1 million to organizations supporting his cause of racial equality. 

He said he has people currently vetting potential charities to determine the proper ones to donate to and will launch a website detailing his donations and how the money is spent.

He plans to give away $100,000 a month for the next 10 months. 

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