Victor Cruz on Colin Kaepernick: "You've got to respect the flag"

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is weighing in on Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem.

Speaking with media on Saturday, Cruz made said made it clear that he did not agree with the Kaepernick's decision.

"Regardless of how you feel about the things that are going on in America today and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things of that nature, you’ve got to respect the flag,” Cruz said. “And you’ve got to stand up with your teammates."

Cruz went on to say that the game and what's happening across the country "is bigger than just you."

"It’s bigger than just you, in my opinion. I think you go up there, you’re with a team and you go and you pledge your allegiance to the flag and you sing the national anthem with your team. And then you go about your business, whatever your beliefs are," he said.

Kaepernick drew heavy criticism before Friday’s preseason game against the Packers after he chose to sit during the national anthem.

In an interview with NFL.com, Kaepernick, who is biracial, said he made his decision in order to take a stand for civil rights and draw attention to racial issues in America.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. ...”

The 49ers said in a statement that the “national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens.”

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