Kaepernick started a trend by refusing to stand during preseason games to protest police killings of black men.
“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 the NFL Network’s Steve Wyche in August. “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 continues his protest and other football players, high school athletes, WNBA and NBA players have since joined in, among other sports.
Ginsburg, of course, recognizes their First Amendment rights.
“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,” she said. “What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
Ginsburg found her outspokenness to be a problem over the summer, when she blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told the New York Times’ Adam Liptak and went on to call him a “faker.” “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Trump responded that Ginsburg, 83, should resign because “her mind is shot.”
Ginsburg later said that she regretted her comments and promised to “be more circumspect” in the future.