Colin Kaepernick Kneels for Anthem; 2 Rams Raise Fists in Protest

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
September 13, 2016 Updated: September 13, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid once again kneeled during the national anthembefore the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

No other Niners players joined in the protest Monday night, although Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held fists up during the anthem.

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States. Reid joined him during the final exhibition game when the two decided to kneel, instead of sit, in a move meant to show more respect to veterans.

Several other players around the league took part in similar protests on opening weekend.

The local police union suggested officers might boycott volunteer security for the 49ers, but that didn’t materialize at the game on Monday night.

“To make that kind of blanket statement, for all police officers, it’s disheartening,” Lieutenant Dan Moreno, of the Santa Clara Police Department, told Al Jazeera. “We may not like it … but we realise that’s his right to have an opinion.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.