It is no longer enough for attention-thirsty Colin Kaepernick to do his kneeling during the national anthem routine only for National Football League games.
Now he’s taking his show on the road to influence young people.
Kaepernick, who has been relegated to being a benchwarmer for his own San Francisco 49ers, visited a Castlemont High School football game and, as he does in the NFL, knelt during the national anthem.
As he took a knee, the Castlemont High football players laid on their backs and raised their hands as they staged die-in.
#ColinKaepernick sat on the sidelines as the #nationalanthem played before the football game at Castlemont High in Oakland on Friday. But what the high school team did as the Star-Spangled Banner played was even more #powerful. Each teen laid on their backs, their arms raised to the sky.
Kaepernick decided to attend the game after he saw a picture of the team’s last game where they all kneeled and gave a “black power” raised fist salute during the anthem.
“I had to come support y’all because the same way you all took a stand and stood with me. I had to come out here and stand with y’all,” he told the team in a pre-game pep talk.
“Y’all inspire me with what you did, y’all are doing this at a much younger age then I did. It took me awhile to get to this point,” he said.
Kaepernick’s protest has made him the most hated player in the NFL, according to a recent poll, and landed his mug on the cover of Time Magazine.
Castlemont High School excitedly shared several photos of Kaepernick’s visit on its Instagram.
✊?✊?✊?✊?the Real will always Recognize the Real…. Shout out to Colin Kaepernick for coming back to my High School CASTLEMONT HIGH SCHOOL in Oakland and supporting some Real Ones. Real brothers in the struggle . One QB to another QB! #Castlemonthigh proud Alum ….. Damn I’m starting to respect the 49ers lol the rest of the 49ers won’t kneel…. But Our entire Team did! #Salute #deyknow some will never understand the pride a knight has.. When you make it thru Castlemont you accomplished something cause wasn’t nothing easy about coming up and moving thru that part of town. shout out to my bro @elunicofranky for going hard and keeping our young ones focused!!! #HueyPnewtonIsmyfratbrother
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything…Nice to see action behind the protest. Our youth need role models in action ✊ #KaepinOakland #castlemonthigh #Fridaynightswithapurpose
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