Navy admiral receives standing ovation after burning Colin Kaepernick in speech

The Commander of US Pacific Command stuck the proverbial blade into San Franciso 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary speech, letting slip a jab concerning the athlete’s failure to stand for the National Anthem.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Admiral Harry Harris said as he addressed the crowd gathered near the sunken wreck of the USS Arizona.

The crowd responded with a standing ovation, complete with hearty cheers and applause.

According to CNN, the Department of Defense promoted Adm. Harris’ comments on Twitter, quoting him and attaching a video of the moment. That post has since been deleted.

Public response has been mixed in regards to Harris’ comments: while a large amount of people congratulated him for making the statement, other expressed concerns that he used such an occasion to mock Kaepernick’s civil rights protest.

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    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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