San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold joined the movement from many NFL players by raising his fist during the singing of the national anthem before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Harold was supporting his teammate, Colin Kaepernick, who started the movement to protest social injustice in America, but he also had other things on his mind.
Those other things were related, though. ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer criticized Kaepernick for his actions and suggested that the team was suffering because of them, statements that the Internet immediately tore apart, as they should have. Harold also heard those comments, and he wasn’t happy about them.
After Monday’s game, a 28-0 win for the 49ers, Harold talked at length about Dilfer’s stance, and said that his comments sparked his actions during the anthem on Monday.
Eli Harold went in on Dilfer: “You are not with us. You don’t know.”
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) September 13, 2016
If there was any doubt as to Harold’s anger, you need only look at his Twitter account, where shortly after Dilfer’s ill-advised rant, he called him an idiot.
Trent Dilfer you are an idiot. You really just pissed me off.
— Mad Max (@EliHarold_) September 11, 2016
NFL players around the league are taking stances in their own way during the national anthem. It was a big story in the preseason and in Week 1 and it’s not going away any time soon.