Colin Kaepernick has been heavily criticized for his decision to sit during the national anthem because, as he 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."
CBS Sports NFL studio analyst and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason called Kaepernick "about as disrespectful as any athlete has ever been." But the notion that Kaepernick is dishonoring the flag by sitting during the anthem isn't shared by everyone. In fact, #VeteransForKaepernick became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter as military members defended the 49ers quarterback.
Here's a sample:
On Monday, during an 18-minute interview, Kaepernick addressed concerns that his decision was disrespectful to the military.
"I have great respect for men and women that have fought for this country," he said. "I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. They fight for freedom. They fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. And that's not happening.
"People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. It's something that's not happening.
"I've seen videos. I've seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought for and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That's not right."