San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is determined to make a statement and once again sit out the national anthem during the Sept. 1 game against the San Diego Chargers for its Military Night.
Kaepernick recently made headlines for sitting during the national anthem of a preseason NFL game against the Green Bay Packers. He says he refuses to stand for the anthem because he is not a proud American.
"[I will not] stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said, reports ABC News.
Kaepernick has no plans of stopping his one-man protest any time soon, even for the Chargers' game honoring the country's veterans and active military.
"When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand," he said in a statement.
It is unclear how Kaepernick will be received at the game, given that thousands of veterans will be in attendance. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the game will include a salute to the military, a tribute to the nation's servicemen and the national anthem, which will be sung by U.S. Navy Petty Officer Steven Powell alongside 240 service members presenting a U.S. Super Flag.
It is unclear how Kaepernick will be received at the San Diego game. Veterans have recently started the hashtag #VeteransforKaepernick, showing their support for the football player's right to protest.
"I may not agree with the action but I'll defend your freedom to do what you believe is right," said one veteran on Twitter, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The vast majority of the country, however, seems to be outraged, saying that Kaepernick's actions are disrespectful. Many San Diego natives expect things to get ugly at the game.
"I can almost guarantee you [there will be] a lot more than booing. So many military here. Not going to be pretty," said one Twitter user.
Kaepernick's actions are even more powerful given that his spot on the 49ers roster is currently in danger, notes Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation.
"He's really risking something by doing this," Zirin told ABC. "It's all the more admirable that he could be cut by the 49ers."