San Francisco 49ers

Jerry Rice to Chuck D: Latest reaction to Kaepernick’s national anthem protest

Celebrities, athletes and other sports figures continued to react Tuesday to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial oppression in the United States by sitting during the national anthem.

Here’s a look at the latest prominent figures to join the national chorus.


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Jim Harbaugh: Kaepernick’s former coach with the 49ers and current Michigan head coach said he supports the quarterback’s motivation, not the method.

Jerry Rice: The 49ers legendary wide receiver called Kaepernick out for disrespecting the flag.

Drew Brees: New Orleans Saints quarterback talked to ESPN reporter Mike Triplett, saying: “I wholeheartedly disagree” with the method of protest.

Richard Sherman: Seattle Seahawks defensive man agrees with Kaepernick's decision to protest, but says he could have chosen a better platform.

Jim Brown: NFL Hall of Famer stands behind the QB 100 percent.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: NBA all-time leading scorer said in an op-ed piece that his protest was patriotic.

Spike Lee: The filmmaker and sports fan compared Kaepernick to Muhammad Ali.

Chuck D: Rapper with Public Enemy says athletes have got to speak up.

Tiki Barber: Former NFL star player says the protest is right even if it is met with ire.

Montel Williams: Television personality took No. 7 to task.

Dick Vitale: Basketball commentator says don’t disrespect the flag.

Jackie Robinson: Major League Baseball second baseman and racial-barrier breaker could not stand during the anthem either.