It started a month ago. Unnoticed then.
Colin Kaepernick, a backup quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, sat during the playing of the national anthem before his team’s first preseason game on Aug. 14. He did so again six days later. Neither instance captured attention; Kaepernick did not play in his team’s first two preseason games, according to the website sbnation.com.
It was noticed on Aug. 26. A photo tweeted by Jennifer Lee Chan of Niner Nation contained the proof. Zoomed in it shows Kaepernick seated between two Gatorade coolers while everyone else stood.
— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) August 29, 2016
Source: Twitter / Jennifer Lee Chan (SB Nation)
Within a day the player’s protest became national news. He told NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.