Father allegedly shot son on Thanksgiving while trying to stop an argument in the family over NFL players kneeling
The warrants stated that the man retrieved his shotgun when he could not separate his sons after their argument turned physical
A 51-year-old man in Cary, North Carolina has been charged for shooting his 21-year-old son, identified as Esteban Valencia, on Thanksgiving. Esteban was reportedly arguing with his brother about the National Football League (NFL) players kneeling during the national anthem when the incident occurred. The search warrants obtained on Tuesday identified the father as Luis Valencia Lamadrid, a local CBS News affiliate reported. Esteban was reportedly shot after becoming involved in a physical fight with his brother over the protests. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The nationwide protests, began two years ago in 2016, with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem before the NFL games, in a silent protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the country. Kaepernick's move stirred national controversy as critics, mostly conservatives claimed that he was disrespecting the flag. Shortly after Kaepernick's move, other players took his cue and joined the protest in the 2016 season. Multiple NFL players have continued the protest till now.
Kaepernick's movement also drew heavy criticism from President Donald Trump, who even called for the owners of the NFL teams to fire the players who were participating in it. The NFL, earlier this year, had announced a rule which required all the players to stand during the national anthem. The association, however, gave an option to the players to stand off the field until the ceremony was over instead of kneeling outside.
The warrants stated that Lamadrid retrieved his shotgun when he could not separate his sons after their argument turned physical. Reports state that despite Lamadrid asking his sons to stop, they took their altercation to the backyard, where they began throwing objects at each other.
Reports state that Esteban was shot after the 51-year-old was hit in the face with a water bottle, causing him to squeeze the gun's trigger and fire, according to CBS 17. The 21-year-old was reportedly shot in the hand and leg.
The father has reportedly been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.