Ginsburg: Kaepernick anthem protest ‘dumb’
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem is "dumb and disrespectful." 

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No." she told Yahoo News Monday, referring to Kaepernick and other athletes who have followed the quarterback's lead. "I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. It’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or well-being of other people.”

Ginsburg added that she would have the same response for more drastic demonstrations.

“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning,” she said. "I think it’s a terrible thing to do. I wouldn’t lock up a person for doing it."

“I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act,” Ginsburg added. "What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that.”

Kaepernick sparked national debate in August by sitting through “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a preseason football game.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag that oppresses black people and people of color,” the San Francisco 49ers player said at the time.

“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.”

Kaepernick has since repeatedly knelt during the national anthem instead, inspiring other sports stars to follow his lead.

President Obama late last month urged athletes taking a knee during the national anthem and critics of their gesture to “listen to each other."