As Colin Kaepernick becomes more vocal in his national anthem protest, he continues to be an unfortunate target of racist backlash.
On Saturday, Facebook user James Perry posted an unsightly image of Kaepernick’s jersey being used as a doormat in the entryway of a bar in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Perry told CBS Pittsburgh that he was shocked to see the player’s uniform taped to the floor of the restaurant. He said, “What went through my mind was like ‘Wow, is this real or is it a joke?’ How would you feel if someone taped a police officer’s uniform down?”
A new poll suggests that the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback is the “most disliked player” in the NFL, according to NBC Bay Area.
For some individuals, however, Kaepernick is quite the opposite. He has rapidly become a celebrated figure known for his fight for social justice. Kaepernick is gracing the cover of TIME magazine’s October 3 issue, with a cover story regarding the debate he’s pursuing surrounding “privilege, pride, and patriotism.”
He has garnered respect from multitudes of other football players who have followed suit in his national anthem protest, with several Oakland Raiders’ players joining the protest on Monday.
Over the weekend, a mural devoted to the player in Oakland, California was spotted with the words, “We got your back!” Significantly, Chip Kelly, Kaepernick’s coach, announced his unequivocal support for the player’s decision to not stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Unfortunately, for businesses to tape Kaepernick’s jersey to the floor is not unprecedented. A cigar lounge in Texas and a mattress store in the Chicago suburbs are known to have recently done the same.
Banner photo credit: Facebook user James Perry