It appears Colin Kaepernick’s popularity is growing all around the United States and outside the league. According to all available metrics, following President Obama’s comments on Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem, the 49ers quarterback appears to be more popular than ever.
Several of Kaepernick’s teammates, as well as a few other players from around the league, have now joined him in his protest. Jeremy Lane
, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback, recently sat during the anthem, and fellow Seahawk Doug Baldwin
has all been very vocal in his support of Kaepernick. In fact, linebacker Bobby Wagner hinted that the whole Seattle team
might choose to join in the protest.
In the NBA, Steph Curry, Jabari Parker and Nick Young have all expressed support for the football player’s actions. Nick Young
told TMZ that he would probably join the quarterback’s protest, while Jabari Parker put up an instagram
photo of himself wearing a Kaepernick jerry with the caption:
“Never followed the wave but this one is necessary. I got your back homie.”
And, probably the most surprising name on this list, Steph Curry commended Kaepernick for investing in the community
. The 49ers star recently committed $1 million to charity, a choice that really impressed Curry:
“He’s putting his money where his mouth is and donating a million dollars to finding ways to better or to make his message a reality. I hope that all resources and conversation and intellect across the country will be able to figure out a way to make that million dollars as powerful as it can be. He’s on the right track.”
On September 6, former NBA player and analyst Jalen Rose also endorse Kaepernick’s movement on his ESPN podcast Jalen & Jacoby:
“The message for me was a little turbulent early… Now that I see the forest through the tree on this movement, I’m truly respecting what he’s hoping to get accomplished… I see it picking up steam.”
It’s even gained some momentum in the soccer world! Megan Rapinoe of the US Women’s National Soccer Team joined the protest by taking a knee during the anthem before Seattle Reign game. Rapinoe discussed her decision with American Soccer Now
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
Following his protests, sales of Kaepernick merchandise have gone through the roof. The controversial quarterback’s jersey is now the third best selling in the NFL. Since the incident, rappers J. Cole and Trey Songz
have both been performed while wearing Kaepernick’s number.
But it’s not just athletes and rappers rallying around the Wisconsin native. U.S. Army veteran Richard Allen Smith wrote an open letter on Medium.com
in support of the Kaepernick’s choice and launched the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick
Since publishing his piece, a wide assortment
of people within the military community have signed the open letter:
“This is an incredibly diverse list of people. I didn’t know how many signatures I was going to get – if I’m going to get five or 10 signatures on this letter. … There’s diversity in service – every branch of the service is represented here – there are black people, white people, Latinos, a Native American person on here. Gay veterans, straight veterans, female veterans, male veterans from both coast to southeast, to southwest, the heartland, pretty much any sort of identity you can imagine”
If Colin Kaepernick’s goal was to start a conversation about race-relations in America, it certainly seems like he’s off to a good start.