Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem on August 26 has spawned other athletes to follow suit and the controversy doesn’t look like it is ending anytime soon. Kaepernick’s kneeling during the National Anthem represents his frustration with the inequality and opression that African Americans and minorities face every day. He has explained:

“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.”

Since Kaepernick’s first display of his frustrations, many other athletes have chosen to take a stance as well.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers


Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers


From left: Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, & Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins


Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos


Jeremy Lane, Seattle Seahawks


Macus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs


Devin McCourty & Martellus Bennet, New England Patriots


The Seattle Seahawk Players & Coach Pete Carroll


Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, & Jason McCourty, Tennessee Titans


Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign & US Women’s National Team


And it’s not just pro athletes who are taking a stance, amateur and semi-amateur athletes are also making their opinions known.

The Football Team at Woodrow Wilson High School (excluding two players) & Coach Preston Brown, Camden, New Jersey


The Football Team at Mission High School, San Francisco, California


Beaumont Bulls Youth Football Team, Texas


Mike Oppong, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, Massachusetts (who got suspended for one game due to his kneeling)


Several Players on Watkins Mill High School’s Footbal Team, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Several Players from Maury High School, Norfolk, Virginia


Tre Chappell, Waggener High School, Louisville, Kentucky


Sterling Smith & Michael Baklykov, Lincoln Southeast High School, Nebraska