Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest.
One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash.
Another, who uploaded a video to Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an ‘ignorant son of a b****.’
The Daily Mail reported:
He added: ‘People die every single day defending that flag you refuse to stand for and I won’t stand for that.’
‘This jersey was the worst $50 investment I have ever had … you should never play in the NFL again, move to Canada.’
Thousands of football fans also took to Twitter in order to shout down Kaepernick’s protests, accusing him of being unpatriotic, spoiled, and childish.
Tomi Lahren, of news site The Blaze, tweeted saying: ‘If this country disgusts you so much. Leave. Others would die to be in your spot you cocky child.’
But she stopped short of calling for him to be kicked off the team, saying his First Amendment right to protest should be protected, in the same way she is allowed to criticize him.
Others tweeted out a powerful picture of a wounded veteran holding himself upright in his wheelchair to the anthem, despite not having any legs.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem on Friday as part of a protest against ‘the oppression of black people’.
Kaepernick, 28, sat on the team’s bench during the anthem before the Niners played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
Explaining his decision, Kaepernick – whose father is African American – said he refuses to feel pride for a country that mistreats minorities.
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