Kaepernick's refusal to stand up during the anthem was broadcast live, just before the start of the 49ers/Chargers game in San Diego. 49ers fans could be heard booing him, making their frustrations known ahead of Thursday night's game.
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As nearly 240 sailors, Marines and soldiers stood with pride to present the flag, Kaepernick continued his protest. He kneeled down during the national anthem to call attention to what he says is the oppression of minorities across the country.
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"It's coming from a good place, and I think that if people really think about the matter at hand, they'd understand why he's sitting down," said 49ers fan Rhiannon Pagan.
Others made it clear they weren't happy.
"I love the 49ers, but I'm very disappointed and hurt by Colin Kaepernick, what he did. Yo me, it's a disgrace," said 49ers
"He gets paid millions of dollars to play football, but then he's making a statement during what he has to do for a job," said 49ers fan Joseph Paraguas.
Kaepernick was joined on the sidelines tonight by 49ers safety Eric Reid, who earlier this week said he respects his teammate for doing the unpopular thing.
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But some called it a slap in the face, especially on an evening when the Chargers hosted their 28th annual Salute to the Military.
"The disrespect at today's game, when it's all about honoring the service people, was over and beyond stating a point," 49ers fan Christine Funari said.
It's worth noting that Kaepernick did show support for the military throughout parts of the game; however, critics say it wasn't enough.
"It's hard to swallow, but I'm going to stay faithful, it's part of being a fan," Funari said.
It's national debate that will likely continue on for weeks to come.
Kaepernick made a new pledge to take action beyond what he's doing before the games.
"Making sure I am actively in these communities, as well as donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people," he said.
Kaepernick said he has great respect for the military. He also called on San Francisco police to better address racial issues within the department.
In Oakland, another player also sat during the national anthem. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane stayed seated on the bench before Thursday night's game against the Raiders.
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