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A Protest Isn't Disrespect': NFL Players Weigh in on 49ers QB Kaepernick Refusing to Stand for National Anthem

"It blows my mind how many people hate the country they live in."

San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, left, and Blaine Gabbert stand on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won 21-10. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

After news hit that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday — citing the “oppression” of black people in America — other NFL figures weighed in on the controversy.

From New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh:

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert posted an Instragram photo to get his point across:

Pretty cool picture! My big cuz took a bengals flag up on a mission in hostile territory. But, thanks for defending the flag that really matters, even for the people who don't appreciate it!

A photo posted by Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) on

Free agent quarterback T.J. Yates:

Another signal caller, Matt Hasselbeck:

The recently retired Tyler Polumbus:

But CBS Sports noted that there "seems to be a divide between races over what [Kaepernick] did, something that free agent linebacker Emmanuel Acho pointed out on Twitter."

Other black players expressed similar views:

Foster noted Yates' critique of Kaepernick in the following tweet:

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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