Here's the photo evidence:
And the flames leaped even higher when he explained his reasoning:
“I won't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
While most people simply put the quarterback on blast:
There were those who noted that it was his 1st Amendment right to sit out the anthem:
But then someone pointed out just how Kaepernick came by that 1st Amendment right to begin with:
The Marine in the photo, Sgt. Zachary Stinson of Pennsylvania, lost both legs above the knee in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010. But as many noted, he still found a way to “stand” when his National Anthem was played:
For further comparison, in 2010 and 2011, while SGT Stinson spent a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering, Kaepernick placed 8th in votes for the Heisman trophy. He was the 49ers 2nd round draft pick in 2011, 36th overall.