Despite massive outrage over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback continued his silent protest before the preseason finale with San Diego Chargers, this time around by taking a knee.
And he wasn’t alone.
49ers safety Eric Reid also joined Kaepernick’s cause by kneeling down beside his teammate.
Before the game, Reid also wrote about excessive use of force by cops against African Americans in a series of tweets:
@E_Reid35 dont get it twisted. It's crazy how many ppl altogether are killed by police & each other but it's disproportionate in some areas— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) August 31, 2016
The game coincided with the “Salute to the Military,” which is an annual tribute to current and retired military personnel living and working in San Diego.
As a sailor performed "The Star-Spangled Banner," both the players knelt down. Meanwhile, several people in the crowd started booing and chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
While a lot of people have deemed Kaepernick’s protest as insulting to the country and military veterans, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback maintains he is not being ungrateful to the country’s armed forces.
"I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country," he said during a presser. "I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That's not happening.”
It’s also important to mention here that nearly two days ago, U.S. military veterans expressed solidarity with the QB using #VeteransforKaepernick on Twitter.
On the same night in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane was also photographed sitting on his seat for the national anthem, during the Seahawks-Riders preseason finale.
While it’s not yet known if Lane was inspired by Kaepernick, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said it was an “individual” decision and he is unsure if the cornerback will continue to do so in the upcoming games.