Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Colin Kaepernick, Says 'All Lives Matter'

"Stand up and get the starting job."
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"Stand up and get the starting job."
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Never one to avoid speaking his mind, retired boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently voiced his opinion of Colin Kaepernick's controversial protest during the national anthem. In a recent interview with "The Boxing Voice," Mayweather proclaimed "All lives matter": 

“I’m here to say all lives matter," Mayweather explained. "A lot of times we get stuck, and we are followers. You hear one person say, ‘Black lives matter’ or ‘blue lives matter’… all lives matter(...)” 

Mayweather went on to talk about the debate over police responses in emergency situations. 

“What I learned from boxing — what everyone can take in real life — is follow directions and follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time. When someone breaks in your house, when someone breaks in your car, the first thing you do is call the police. With me being a fighter, and my hands being registered, if I hit a guy for breaking in my house or break in my car, it’s going to cost me more money. So I have to work smarter not harder. I’m gonna call the cops."

When the interviewer probed him for an opinion on the recent Colin Kaepernick controversy, he expressed a critical but respectful opinion of the 49ers QB's actions.

“Kaepernick needs to... stand up and get the starting job. That’s what he needs to focus on, but I can’t knock him. If that’s what he believes in and people want to stand by him, then so be it. He's got the number one selling jersey, so it’s obvious he doing something right(...)”  

The superstar former fighter's opinion is perhaps was best summed up when he discussed the multi-faceted nature of the issue.  

“It’s not right what’s going on within this world on both sides. I think we need to communicate better, we need follow direction. It’s rules and regulations to everything,” Mayweather said.    

h/t The Grio