This meme puts a HUGE perspective on how disrespectful Kaep’s actions really were and 49ers fans are acting appropriately by burning the athlete’s jersey.
Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest.
One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash.
Another, who uploaded a video to Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an ‘ignorant son of a b****.’
He added: ‘People die every single day defending that flag you refuse to stand for and I won’t stand for that.’
‘This jersey was the worst $50 investment I have ever had … you should never play in the NFL again, move to Canada.’
Thousands of football fans also took to Twitter in order to shout down Kaepernick’s protests, accusing him of being unpatriotic, spoiled, and childish.
Tomi Lahren, of news site The Blaze, tweeted saying: ‘If this country disgusts you so much. Leave. Others would die to be in your spot you cocky child.’
But she stopped short of calling for him to be kicked off the team, saying his First Amendment right to protest should be protected, in the same way she is allowed to criticize him.
Others tweeted out a powerful picture of a wounded veteran holding himself upright in his wheelchair to the anthem, despite not having any legs.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem on Friday as part of a protest against ‘the oppression of black people’.
Kaepernick, 28, sat on the team’s bench during the anthem before the Niners played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
Explaining his decision, Kaepernick – whose father is African American – said he refuses to feel pride for a country that mistreats minorities.
He told NFL Media: ‘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.’
While Niners head coach Chip Kelly said he was unaware of Kaepernick’s planned protest, he stood by the quarterback, saying that not standing during the protest is ‘his right as a citizen’ and ‘it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.’
Kelly added that there has not been any discussion of dropping Kaepernick.
The protest appears to be an ongoing event as Kaepernick also sat for the anthem at another two preseason games where he wasn’t in uniform.
The athlete has given no indication of when he plans to end the demonstration.
This is hardly the first time that athletes have brought political discussions into the sporting arena, though few protests have been quite as divisive as Kaepernick’s.
In 2015 LeBron James spoke out against the deaths of black suspects while in police custody along with some of his Cavaliers teammates.
The star wore a t-shirt reading ‘I can’t breathe’ during warm-up, the last words spoken by Eric Garner before he died while being placed in a choke-hold by cops.
In 2014, four members of the then-St Louis rams walked out on to the field with their arms raised above their heads in an apparent show of solidarity with protesters in Ferguson over the shooting of Mike Brown.