San Francisco 49ers fans, some of them at least, are not reacting favorably to Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the National Anthem at the beginning of the team's Friday night preseason game against the Green Packers.
As the anthem played, and the rest of his team stood at the sideline, Kaepernick could be seen sitting on a bench, squarely between two water coolers.
FOX40 paid a visit to Kaepernick’s hometown, Turlock, to hear how his protest was sitting with folks there.
Phillip Gallardo played Pop Warner football with Kaepernick. He, like many Turlock residents FOX40 spoke with, understands why the quarterback was protesting, but questioned the form of that protest.
“I’m disappointed. He’s from our town, and supposed to do us proud," Gallardo said. "His opinion is his opinion. But not on a big stage like that. He could have made it totally different."
In an interview with NFL Media after the game, Kaepernick explained himself, saying, in part, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
After going 2 for 6, for 14 yards in the preseason contest with Green Bay, Kaepernick's future as one of the team's quarterbacks is very much in question. But not, it seems, for any political posturing he may have done before the game.
"... We recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the National Anthem," reads a statement from the 49ers organization.
But sitting during the national anthem wasn't the only statement Kaepernick made at Levi Stadium Friday.
During his post-game press conference, he didn't mention the protest, but he did make a sartorial statement, wearing a Malcolm X hat and a T-shirt showing photos of a meeting between Malcolm X and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The caption on the shirt read: like minds think alike