Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) came under fire Sunday for slamming National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a tweet about the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
“To all who will kneel during the anthem today – just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it,” Gaetz tweeted Sunday morning.
To all who will kneel during the anthem today – just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016
Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident in Florida.
Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers player, has faced criticism from some Republican lawmakers for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans.
Gaetz’s tweet Sunday drew backlash from people on social media.
Source: The Hill | Rebecca Savransky