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Award-winning actor César Gomez Habana said in a recent interview that if he were a football player today, he would take a knee during the national anthem.
Habana, who is one of the best known Latin actors in the United States, made the comments when he appeared on Univision network on Wednesday to discuss Venezuela’s political situation.
“But I have to admit, as a person — especially with what happened, this week, with Mexico’s president, I really think that what happened in Mexico, I wonder, is a very big rebellion. And I think that you’re changing the destiny, the characteristics of many, many people,” he said.
When asked if this meant that he would take a knee during the national anthem in the United States, Habana responded: “Without a doubt.”
Since Colin Kaepernick began the movement last year, other NFL players have taken part in protests during the national anthem.
While refraining from participating in the demonstrations, Habana said he would protest “hypocritically.”
“At the same time, if I were the one taking a knee, I would be talking loudly and brazenly about the failures, about the corruption, the dictatorship,” he said.
The actor’s comments follow reports that he recently received an offer from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to help mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city of Maracaibo, the country’s biggest city.