The Navy SEALs will suspend their support of the National Navy SEAL Museum after videos showing dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey during a demonstration last year went viral last weekend, according to the Associated Press.
The National Navy SEAL Museum, located near Fort Pierce, Florida, is a nonprofit organization not overseen by the military.
“Each and every one of us serves to protect our fellow Americans — ALL Americans. Even the perception that our commitment to serving the men and women of this nation is applied unevenly is destructive,” Rear Admiral Collin Green, who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command, wrote in an email to his forces on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
“We will revisit our relationship with the Museum when I am convinced that they have made the necessary changes to ensure this type of behavior does not happen again.”
Dogs attack man in Colin Kaepernick jersey
Video resurfaced on Sunday from a K-9 demonstration at the museum last year that showed dogs attacking a man wearing a Kaepernick jersey. A second video showed the dogs taking the man down, who later said, “Oh man, I will stand” — clearly referencing Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem, something that has taken off across the sports world in recent weeks.
In another video, after “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem,” he moans something like, "Oh man, I will stand” #BecauseFlorida https://t.co/uZ3ervZguB pic.twitter.com/6vi1uCGIt5
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The Navy SEALs launched an investigation on Sunday, calling the “inherent message” displayed in the video “completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy.” The organization said that it believed nobody involved were active duty Navy personnel.
“While the museum is an independent nonprofit organization and the participants were contracted employees from outside the [Department of Defense], in many ways, these facts are irrelevant,” Green wrote in the letter, which was given to the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity. “We have been inextricably linked to this organization that represents our history.”
“We may not have contributed to the misperception in this case, but we suffer from it and will not allow it to continue.”
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