Colin Kaepernick says fan reaction to anthem protest varies by region
Colin Kaepernick, despite being on a terrible 1-13 San Francisco 49ers team, has been at the center of the NFL season’s biggest stories due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
While Kaepernick admits he’s received both support and condemnation from fans since spawning the protest movement during the preseason, he recently revealed the reaction differs based on location.
Kaepernick, while noting he generally receives support at Levi’s Stadium during 49ers home games, says the tone of the responses to his protest vary based upon which NFL city the team is visiting.
”I think that’s something to me that was very evident depending on where we’re playing,” Kaepernick said in summary of his observation, via ESPN.
Kaepernick went on to mention locales where he’s received backing from fans and other cities where the response has been especially vitriolic.
“Atlanta was somewhere where I had a lot of support, a lot of people saying they agree with what I’m doing, support it and are happy that I did it and to keep going and to stay strong,” Kaepernick said. “And there’s other places where the fans don’t agree as much. Buffalo, in particular, was one where that was very evident. So, it shows the different cultures and different beliefs throughout this country and it also makes it very evident that there’s a difference in perspective between white America and black America.”
All said, the anthem protest movement spawned by Kaepernick has quieted some since earlier on in the NFL season. But it inspired commentary from the likes of president-elect Donald Trump, among countless others both inside and outside the NFL.
In fact, Kaepernick’s protests have even become sources of pop culture commentary, from being addressed on “South Park” and in video games as well.
Kaepernick has continued to be such a polarizing figure because of the anthem protests he was slammed by a Navy admiral during a speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor earlier this month.