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Kaepernick sits for anthem in protest of police violence

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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar). San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the end of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won 21-10. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar). San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the end of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won 21-10.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he'll continue to sit during the National Anthem throughout the NFL season to protest police violence.

Kaepernick explained his decision at a press conference Sunday, calling it a response to racial injustice.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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," Kaepernick told NFL.com following the game.  

Kaepernick came under fire when he refused to stand for the anthem during Friday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

His actions lit a fire under some football fans. They took to social media to express their displeasure with the quarterback. One man posted a video of himself burning a jersey with Kaepernick’s name and number on it.

A lady posted a similar video of her burning a pair of earrings made to look like Kaepernick’s jersey. 

The team released a statement supporting Kaepernick's right of expression to not stand for the anthem.

"The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens," the 49ers' statement said. "In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

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