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Kaepernick has also attracted some unreserved support.

Last Friday, Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem for the third straight game, and it became a high profile protest. "She will get his reaction about why, about the criticism he's gotten, about the support he's gotten, and she'll present a report based on what actually happens during the national anthem".

Several veterans and service members piped up in defense of Kaepernick.

If Kaepernick is going to take a stand like he did by sitting down during the anthem, he needs to back it up with proper actions off the field.

Everybody crowded around him again, but Colin Kaepernick didn't hold a formal media availability at his locker inside Levi's Stadium on Tuesday.

We celebrate John Carlos and Tommie Smith for raising their fists in Mexico City in 1968 as a protest against racial inequality, even though they were pilloried at the time.

"The symbols of the country are always going to elicit patriotic and anti-patriotic feelings", he said. "I respect people who stand up for what they believe in". "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way".

Kaepernick focused much of his anger towards the recent wave of police officer-involved shootings. "Things really need to change".

Kaepernick said the only articles he's read are ones filtered to him through his family and close friends. Arundhati Roy said: "Once you see something you cant unsee it, to be be silent to say nothing is just as political an act as speaking out either way you are accountable". "That's insane. Someone that's holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us".

Kaepernick's position has been both lauded and criticized across various forums.

San Diego's massive presence of military personnel could result in a rude welcome for Kaepernick, who's insisted that his anthem protest and anti-flag comments are not meant to offend the military.

"There are so many people who served in our military and defended that flag who can't stand up because they lost their legs", Rector said.

I didn't wear all this gear so people could be offended by how others exercise their rights.

"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick's choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that almost 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities", Abdul-Jabbar wrote in the Washington Post on Tuesday. It was Abdul-Rauf's first game back after refusing to stand for the anthem, saying that the US flag was a symbol of "oppression and tyranny". That's why so many people in other countries want to come here.

Everyone in this country has freedom of speech.

His coach, Chip Kelly, said Kaepernick's decision to sit is "his right as a citizen".