A North Carolina father shot his son amid a family fight about NFL players’ protests during the national anthem, police say.
Esteban Marley Valencia, 21, was arguing with his older brother on Thanksgiving about players kneeling during the national anthem when the fight became physical, according to search warrants obtained by CBS affiliate WNCN.
The brothers’ father, 51-year-old Jorge Luis Valencia-Lamadrid, grabbed his shotgun after their fight escalated and Valencia would not leave the home.
Valencia-Lamadrid claimed his son proceeded to throw a water bottle that hit him in the face, causing him to squeeze the trigger, according to the warrant.
Valencia suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his hand and legs.
The father has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury during the shooting.
He has since bonded out of jail, according to arrest records.
The controversy around NFL player protests has been brewing since 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to highlight police brutality and social injustice.