After losing his position with the San Francisco 49ers for protesting social injustice during "The Star Spangled Banner," Colin Kaepernick became a symbol of resistance.
Today, hundreds of his supporters showed up at the New York City headquarters of the National Football League (NFL) demanding that he's restored within the organization.
Groups such as the NAACP are pushing the NFL to hold an open discussion regarding Kaepernick's future, especially in light of claims that his First Amendment rights were violated when the league decided to shun him for his political stance.
On social media, images and footage of his supporters rallying on his behalf were shared widely.
Supporters to protest what they see as blacklisting of former San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick over kneeling during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/5inBg8ibLT— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) August 23, 2017
In front of NFL headquarters, 345 Park Ave., NY pic.twitter.com/IHVWpzTEJE— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) August 23, 2017
Members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which Colin Kaepernick pledged in college, are here getting the crowd going before today's rally. pic.twitter.com/K3sqnpAeZ0— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) August 23, 2017
Even Dallas Cowboys fans stood up for Kaepernick.
Some people even used the opportunity to shine a light on the most important story of the President Donald Trump era.
But perhaps what most people were there for was to thank Kaepernick for his bold stance.
The Girls Club of the Lower Eastside is thanking Colin Kaepernick for a $33,000 donation his organization made to them. pic.twitter.com/xh4rSrJaL9— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 23, 2017
While it's truly an injustice that the beloved player is being kept in the dark because he decided to take a stand publicly, pressure mounting thanks to his supporters may help to not only get him back where he belongs but to also bring attention to the causes he supports.
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