Cam Newton refused to take a stance on Colin Kaepernick‘s protests during the national anthem.

The reigning NFL MVP respected Kaepernick’s right to free speech, but didn’t seem overly concerned about his goal of addressing police brutality and race relations in America.

“Who am I to say ‘Colin, you’re wrong’? And who am I to say ‘Bro, you’re right’? Because we all, you know, we all have the right to think whatever we wanna think. And I respect that by everybody,” Newton said in an interview with ESPN.

Newton also dismissed the importance of their skin color as it relates to the national conversation.

“How does one-eighth of an inch – something so small – be the difference in such a big (subject)? And that’s the thickness of our skin: one-eighth of an inch. And under that we’re all the same color. You know? And that’s the big picture,” Newton said.

“You know, a lot of scrutiny happens when athletes start talking about, you know, race, but the truth of the matter is we gotta do right by each other. No matter what color we are.”

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