Well this is awkward.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting plenty of attention for his national anthem protest. The next time he remains seated for The Star Spangled Banner, it will be during a tribute to military personnel.
It just so happens the Chargers are holding their 28th annual Salute to the Military on the same day as their preseason finale against the 49ers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed. That means plenty of veterans and active service men and women will be in attendance and some of them no doubt on the field while Kaepernick sits out the national anthem.
In case there was any question, Michael Gehlken for the San Diego Union-Tribune reports this is a total coincidence, as the even has been planned for months. It’s quite commonplace for teams to designate a day to honor the men and women of the military.
Regardless, if Kaepernick is going continue his protest, he’ll have to do so in front of men and women who have literally fought for the American flag he is ignoring. Of course, there are always veterans and active members of the military at games, so he was doing that already. This time it will simply be more obvious.