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Navy SEALS Investigate Video Of Dogs Attacking Colin Kaepernick Stand-In

The video, posted in 2019, shows military dogs attacking a man in Colin Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers jersey during an event at the Navy SEAL Museum.

The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command is investigating a video that surfaced Sunday, in which dogs attack a person in a Colin Kaepernick jersey. 

The video’s caption suggests that the video was filmed during a demonstration at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. It was originally posted to Instagram in January 2019 but went viral over the weekend after it was shared on Twitter.

In a pair of videos from the event, men outfitted in military gear send several dogs to attack a man wearing Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey over protective gear while a crowd of people watches.

Once the man in the jersey is pulled to the ground, two men approach him with guns and pretend to detain him. The man in the jersey can be heard saying, “Oh man, I will stand,” which prompts the crowd to laugh.

The demonstration was apparently mocking Kaepernick’s peaceful protests against systemic racism and police brutality, in which he knelt during the national anthem.

The Naval Special Warfare Command tweeted a statement on Sunday condemning the video.

“The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy,” the statement read.

The command, which oversees the Navy SEALS, said that an “independent organization” was responsible for the event and noted that no active-duty service members took part in the demonstration. 

“We are investigating the matter fully, and initial indications are that there were no active-duty Navy personnel or equipment involved with this independent organization’s event,” the statement said.