Friday, September 2, 2016

49'ers #EricReid KNEELS beside #ColinKaepernick during National Anthem. [details]

Colin Kaepernick has DOMINATED the news lately with his PROTEST, but now he is NOT ALONE!

Safety Eric Reid knelt beside Kaepernick. In Oakland, meanwhile, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench during the playing of the anthem, according to the Associated Press. Kaepernick told NFL Network's Steve Wyche on Saturday that he was sitting during the anthem in protest of societal wrongdoings against African-Americans and minorities in the United States.

Kaepernick said he had "many conversations" with Reid about his protest and that his teammate ultimately joined him to show his support.

"He approached me and said, 'I support what you're doing," Kaepernick said. "I support what your message is. Let's think about how we can do this together.'

"We wanted to make sure that the message we're trying to say isn't lost with the action that's coming along with it."

Reid said after the game he wanted to let Kaepernick "know that he's not the only person who feels the way he feels."

Lane expressed that same sentiment to reporters, saying he wanted to show support for Kaepernick and that he didn't tell anyone on the Seahawks before the game that he would sit out the anthem.

"I think I plan (to) keep on doing it," Lane said, "until I feel like justice has been served."

Kaepernick, who said he's donating $1 million to organizations he supports, said he was "very happy and very proud" of Lane for his decision to sit. Kaepernick also clarified what he's trying to accomplish with his protest.

"The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with," he said. "We have a lot of people that are oppressed, we have a lot of people that aren't treated equally ... there are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, need to be brought to life, and we need to fix those things."

Nate Boyer, a 35-year-old who competed for a job on the Seattle Seahawks last offseason as a long snapper, stood beside Kaepernick during the anthem. Boyer wrote an open letter to Kaepernick on Wednesday expressing his viewpoints, and he told NFL Network's Alex Flanagan on Thursday that they each spoke at length before the game. Kaepernick indicated that Boyer helped him come up with the plan to take a knee before the game rather than sit on the bench out of respect to the military. Kaepernick stood and clapped after the playing of "God Bless America" in the second half of the game.

"I love America," Kaepernick said.

The 49ers have supported Kaepernick's right to protest the anthem. The question entering this weekend of roster cuts: Will he still be on the 49ers' roster when the anthem plays before their season opener?


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