Oakland Raiders Follow A’s Maxwell, Kneel During National Anthem Sunday: SFist

As ABC 7 tells it, attendees at Sunday’s game cheered in support as the players moved to kneel or link arms during the anthem.But in talking about protesting the national anthem and the potential backlash that lies in doing so, it’s impossible to not bring up former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose career has been in limbo since he first sat during a 49ers preseason game last year.When he was asked what that demonstration meant back in 2016, Kaepernick told NFL.com, “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.”With Maxwell and the Raiders joining many other athletes across multiple professional sports leagues, it’s clear that Kaepernick’s message has not only spread, but expanded as well.

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