Colin Kaepernick sitting down for the national anthem in the San Francisco 49ers previous preseason game is looking more and more like it was weeks in the making.
CBS Sports’ John Breech said the 49ers quarterback has been practicing in socks decorated with pigs wearing police hats. Apparently this has been going on since at least Aug. 10.
Kaepernick has garnered much criticism and praise in the last week for not standing and for his statements when asked about it after the game.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”
The criticism has come from people as close to him as his birth mother, he was adopted, and his former head coach Jim Harbaugh. However, support has come from current and former military servicemen and women, including a #veterans4Kaepernick hashtag that was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter for a moment. Former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who tried out to be the Seattle Seahawks long snapper in 2015, joined NFL Network to discuss an open letter he wrote in support of Kaepernick’s right to express his views.