Ruth Bader Ginsburg: National anthem protest is 'dumb'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not a fan of athletes kneeling during the national anthem, she said in an interview with Yahoo News' Katie Couric.

"I think it's really dumb of them," the Supreme Court justice said. "Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it's dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning.

"I think it's a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn't lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act," she continued. "But it's dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn't jeopardize the health or well-being of other people."

Colin Kaepernick began to kneel during the national anthem earlier this season to protest police misconduct and racial inequality. He has been joined in his protest by a number of other NFL players, USWNT player Megan Rapinoe and a number of high school football players. Though there have been wide measures of support across the sports world, Ginsburg is certainly not the first to argue the protest is disrespectful.

"If they want to be stupid, there's no law that should be preventive," Ginsburg said. "If they want to be arrogant, there's no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that."

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