Gold star mom Amanda Jacobs unloaded on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an emotional speech at the Independence Day “Rally For Freedom” event held on Capitol Hill.
Kaepernick, already a polarizing figure, has been in the news again after Nike nixed a shoe design that included the original American flag as designed by Betsy Ross. Kaepernick reportedly opposed the design because it allegedly pays homage to America’s sinful past.
“When I look at this country today and I tell people, and I’ve wanted to say this loud so many times: Colin Kaepernick was getting paid $14 million dollars a year to throw a ball,” Jacobs said. “My son died for $14,000 a year and he’s given more than any football player, any athlete, has ever given.”
Jacobs’ son, Lance Cpl. Christopher Phoenix-Jacob Levy, died on Dec. 10, 2011, three days after suffering mortal combat injures in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, according to the Army Times.
Gold Star Mom Slams Kaepernick: My Son ‘Has Given More Than Any Athlete Has Ever Given’
Jacobs went on to say:
That’s what we are here for today — not because, you know, I wanted to be a Gold Star mom. I got gold stars in school for making grades. But this Gold Star that I wear every day isn’t for me. It’s because of what my son chose to do — without my permission, trust me. I have a 17-year-old that is doing the same thing, and it’s because of what they believe.
I hear these Marines that come to my house — and they stay for four days, you know I’ve got 30 Marines that sleep on my floor, and it’s great — but they tell us that the only thing that kept them going is when they could look up and see that flag. They had hope to go back home to, and a hope that this country was going to change for the better — not for the worse.
Although Jacobs’ final words were not included in the video, Breitbart News reported the powerful ending to her speech.
“My son’s words were, ‘Mom, I’m not fighting for the ones in the White House. I’m fighting for you and my brothers in this yellow house,'” she said.