WASHINGTON — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, embroiled in controversy after declining to stand during the national anthem last week out of protest, has apparently been wearing his outrage throughout the preseason.
Reporters first noticed Kaepernick’s anthem protest before a game last Friday against the Packers, though photos have come to light Thursday of some novelty socks he’s worn to multiple 49ers practices dating back to at least Aug. 12, socks which portray police officers as pigs.
A San Jose Mercury News reporter noticed the socks, but mistook them as depicting bulldogs rather than pigs, so Kaepernick’s sock protest — which predates his anthem protest — went unnoticed.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after last Friday’s game. “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.”
The 49ers wrap up their preseason Thursday against the Chargers. Kaepernick will again sit out the national anthem, he says, just as he has throughout the month of August.