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Ne-Yo Slams Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Dismissing Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest

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Ne-Yo performs at Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 5, 2014 in London. 

"I stand by his right to choose to pledge allegiance or not."

After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest "dumb," R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo had a few choice words of his own.

"Well, she's right: There [are] no rules to stop people from being stupid," he recently told TMZ Sports. "Same way there are no rules to stop her from saying the dumb shit she just said."

Ne-Yo showed his support for the NFL star, who has made headlines for taking a knee during the performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at games and will also be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, according to Niners head coach Chip Kelly. 

"Listen, I 100 percent stand by him," said Ne-Yo. "With everything that's going on, with all the deaths that have been videotaped, people are getting away with it like it ain't nothing, how dare you ask me to pledge allegiance to a country that's not pledging allegiance to me? So I stand by him. I stand by his right to choose to pledge allegiance or not." 

He added with a direct message to Ginsburg: "Ruth, if you can say dumb stuff then he can kneel and not pledge allegiance. That's up to him ... You're a Supreme Court judge. I expected better."