Fox host: Colin Kaepernick took a knee “because it was convenient and he was depressed”

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Citation From the September 17 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.

DAVID ASMAN (ANCHOR, GUEST HOST): Colin Kaepernick getting an Emmy, or at least the ad he was in got an Emmy? Tell us about it?

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST, FOX & FRIENDS): I think the ad is good, I think it is well done.

ASMAN: This was the first ad that came out, and there have been subsequent ones. Go ahead.

KILMEADE: You know, it talked about his sacrifice by taking a knee. The problem is, this isn't Muhammad Ali, this isn't Martin Luther King. This is a guy that was a backup quarterback, that took a knee, and grabbed something on it, and said, "Blame law enforcement for what's happening in this country," and now is a martyr — can't get a job. That is not Muhammad Ali. That is not Jim Brown. That is not Kareem Abdul-Jabbar standing up for race in America. For me, he took a knee because it was convenient and he was depressed. If he was starting, this whole thing wouldn't have started. But the ad was first class, and the message was strong.

ASMAN: You know, every time I think of Colin Kaepernick I go to those protesters in Hong Kong that are flying American flags as a symbol of freedom. It's still a symbol of freedom around the world, no matter what Colin Kaepernick or anybody else does. That's what our Red, White and Blue is all about. Brian, good to see you, Mr. Red, White and Blue. Thank your being here.

KILMEADE: All right, go and get them, David Asman. Thank you.

ASMAN: Will do, thanks.