While one fan burned the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's jersey in protest, many more have purchased it in support. According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, "more Kaepernick gear was sold last week on the team site than the past eight months combined."
Two of those prominent supporters have recently worn his apparel. During a performance over the weekend, hip-hop artist J. Cole donned the No. 7:
Trey Songz also sported the jersey during a show in Las Vegas:
Seattle Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane and Seattle Reign FC soccer star Megan Rapinoe have also refused to stand during the national anthem. President Barack Obama weighed in on Kaepernick's protest, per USA Today's Kim Hjelmgaard:
When it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us—that is a tough thing for them to get past. But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, he’s generated more conversation about issues that have to be talked about.
Cole and Songz are the latest, but likely not the last, performers to use their platform to extend the conversation.