Kaepernick’s national attention coming to Orchard Park


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — At the national level, the draw for Colin Kapernick’s first start of the 2016 season has less to do with what happens between the lines, than on the sideline before the game. And, as a result, both the Buffalo Bills organization and local law enforcement say they will be ready, if things get out of hand.

Kaepernick will be making his first start of the 2016 season. That means the ongoing national debate about the embattled QB taking a knee during the National Anthem has now found its way to orchard park.
Kaepernick’s pregame actions have drawn plenty of attention in the early goings of the season, with people passionate about what the kneel stands for.
Kaepernick has said he’s protesting the country’s treatment of black Americans and police brutality.
And whether fans support his belief or find it unpatriotic, local law enforcement will be keeping an eye on the game, especially those on the visiting sidelines.
“We may anticipate some patriotic individuals that are not in tune with what’s this individual’s position is, that may try to engage in inappropriate behavior,” said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard. “Even if we don’t agree with the position that’s been taken by someone else, to make sure that he’s not harmed and will be prepared to do that as best we can.”

If you’re planning on protesting Colin Kaepernick’s appearance at the Cap on Sunday, by bringing a sign or wearing a shirt through these gates, it better be within the bills fan code of conduct. Otherwise, you could be turned away.

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