More raised fists on both sidelines and of course Colin Kaepernick is kneeling along with Eric Reid. pic.twitter.com/X7Jj8AGCzR— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 13, 2016
After the anthem, Kaepernick was embraced by multiple teammates.
Kaepernick's protest began in the preseason, when he remained seated during the national anthem. Prior to the 49ers' final preseason game in San Diego, Kaepernick met with Nate Boyer, a former long snapper and Green Beret. After meeting with Boyer, Kaepernick and Reid kneeled instead of sitting for the anthem.
"As far as taking a knee tonight, Eric [Reid] -- as well as myself -- had a long conversation with Nate Boyer, who is a military vet," Kaepernick said. "And we were talking to him about, 'How can we get the message back on track? And not take away from the military. ... But keep the focus on what the issues really are.'
"As we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee, because there are issues that still need to be addressed. And it was also a way to try to show more respect to the men and women that fight for this country."
Then, following that game, Kaepernick pledged $1 million to charities that help communities in need.
"I've been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money I do," Kaepernick said. "And I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It's not right that they're not put in a position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed."