SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the national anthem has ruffled feathers, to say the least.

Critics say the 49ers quarterback’s refusal to stand while “The Star Spangled Banner” plays is disrespectful to military veterans. Meanwhile, veterans who support Kaepernick’s protest are posting on Twitter under the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick.

Tweets from people identifying themselves as military veterans include pictures of themselves in uniform, along with messages of support.

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Kaepernick has said he’ll continue his protest ahead of Thursday night’s preseason game in San Diego against the Chargers, which will air at 7 p.m. on KPIX 5 in the Bay Area.

The Chargers said the game will feature the team’s 28th annual salute to the military. A team spokesman said the timing is purely coincidental.

Comments (7)
  1. TN says:

    In principle, Kaep is 100% right to protest and demonstrate his opinion. And beyond sitting during our national anthem, with all the media attention he is drawing, too bad he couldn’t take it just one important step further by telling his fellow Americans, what he could or would solve this important dilemma.
    After the Niners release or trade him (for a 3rd round draft pick and some cash), maybe he’ll have more time to concentrate his efforts.
    Monday night quarterback.

  2. Philip Nolan says:

    First, many of these self-identified veterans are not supporting what he did, they are supporting his right to do it. Yes, Kaepernick has the right to be a jerk. Second, just because you are a veteran doesn’t make you a genius. There are stupid veterans, just as there are stupid people in any occupation.

  3. Ron says:

    Not this veteran.

  4. Sam says:

    Hey Colin,
    A lot of people, and I mean a lot of people, have died for YOUR FREED”OM so you can sit your lazy a$$ on that bench and not honor those who gave you that freedom to be an idiot.