According to reports, Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will stand during the national anthem next season.
Kaepernick believes that his method of protest has created some movement toward positive change. He believes that the amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he was trying to deliver.
The 49’ers quarterback began sitting during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason before taking a knee for the final preseason contest and all 16 regular-season games. He also put his money where his mouth was. The Colin Kaepernick Foundation pledged to give $1 million to community organizations helping underprivileged people; the San Francisco 49ers matched with another $1 million in donations. He has followed through with monthly donations of $100,000 spread out over 10 months to organizations all over the country.
Kaepernick said the discussion about social inequality should include all people, and he plans to continue raising money for the underprivileged and presenting the “Know Your Rights” camps nationwide that he started last year.