The move led to hundreds of other stars in the National Football League (NFL) following Kaepernick's lead, resulting in a countrywide protest that saw U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting that the players' decisions to take a knee showed a "lack of leadership" in the NFL. "It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we're protesting America". "He's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said in Alabama.
Other players supported him, but the movement he started gained new steam - and generated more controversy - after Donald Trump called out players for such actions during a rally in Alabama on September 22.
The quarterback parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers this year, and was not signed to another team. "With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people". He has spent the rest of the year focusing on social justice issues.
"The footprints he leaves are large", Kaepernick said, "and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I'm taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow". The show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.
Kaepernick was also recently honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award as well as being named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year".
The Fox News contributor, who has made a career of courting controversy, has repeatedly railed against both Beyonce and Kaepernick.
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