The latest athlete to weigh in on the controversy is San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice, who tweeted, “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance, but don’t disrespect the flag.”
Elsewhere in the NFL, legend and activist Jim Brown, 80, recently voiced his support for Kaepernick.
“I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world. He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it. I am with him 100 percent. … Young men in my day really stepped up. … These were champions for freedom, equality, and justice for all humans beings, and they were educated individuals that used their education and knowledge to represent their case. So now, 50 years later, we have a young man saying something that was kind of taken for granted in our day. We were way past that. For me, it’s like going back in time,” says Brown.
Kaepernick, 28, says when the season begins he’ll continue to sit during the national anthem, which will undoubtedly get him even more backlash and praise.