- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick again refused Thursday night to stand for the playing of the national anthem — and this time, he wasn’t alone.

Kaepernick, who says he will not pay tribute to the flag of a nation that oppresses minorities, kneeled during “The Star Spangled Banner” at the pre-season game in San Diego against the Chargers, which was also the team’s annual Military Night honoring U.S. service members.

But according to 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, safety Eric Reid also sat during the anthem.

Other reporters at the game said the demonstration also included free agent long snapper Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who had penned a letter to the quarterback and had been invited to the sideline. He stood next to Kaepernick during his protest and then hugged him.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News said there were other players hugging Kaepernick in support afterward.

The refusals took place during Military Night at Qualcomm Stadium and just after jumpers parachuted into the middle of the field. One fan, Paul Bradley of San Diego, posted a video to Instagram of the paratroopers titled “Suck that Kaepernick.”


Suck it @kaepernick7

A video posted by Paul Bradley (@paulbradley184) on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:01pm PDT


Nor was the 49ers-Chargers game the only one to see such a demonstration Thursday night, on the last round of pre-seaspn games. 

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also sat on the bench during the anthem, The Seattle Times reported, before the team’s game in Oakland against the Raiders.


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