San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem before games has elicited responses from all over the map. That includes President Barack Obama (here), 49ers legend Jerry Rice (here) and many others.
It has also come at a cost.
Former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis said this Thursday during an appearance on FS1's Undisputed:
Here's Kaepernick's original message, via NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Aug. 27:
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. ...
This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.
Kaepernick met with Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret, to discuss ways in which he could continue to show respect to the military while expressing his views. (You can read more about Boyer, a former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper, in this 2015 feature from B/R's Gary Davenport.)
Kaepernick also said in an Instagram post Wednesday that he will donate all of the proceeds from sales of his jersey to communities in need; he's had the top-selling jersey since his protest. That came after he pledged to donate $1 million of his $11.9 million base salary in 2016 to various organizations that help communities in need.