Eric Reid Joins Colin Kaepernick In Not Standing During National Anthem In Final Preseason Game

49ers safety Eric Reid joined controversial teammate Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the national anthem in Thursday night’s game in San Diego.

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid joined his controversial teammate Colin Kaepernick in not standing for the national anthem during Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. Both players took a knee during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the final preseason game started.

Colin Kaepernick sat down. Eric Reid sits down next to him.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 2, 2016

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid took a seat among all the #49ers on the sideline. They got up after the anthem and embraced.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 2, 2016

Kaepernick has been refusing to stand during the national anthem this preseason in order to protest "a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." Remaining seated this time was even more politically charged than normal because the game is also the occasion of the Chargers' 28th Annual Salute to the Military. According to a press release from the team, commemorations of the military will take place both before and during the game.

Fans in attendance will enjoy pregame entertainment provided by the Marine Band San Diego along with the Frog X parachute team, featuring retired navy seals who will be leaping into Qualcomm Stadium. The National Anthem will be performed by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell from the U.S. Navy while 240 sailors, marines and soldiers present a U.S. Super Flag and service emblems from all branches of service. Color guards from the Navy, Marine Corps and Army will present the flag.

The pre-game military celebration riled up the crowd, who booed Kaepernick when he first came on the field. 

Kaepernick starts at QB for 49ers. Loud boos as he enters the field.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 2, 2016

However, the QB also received some love for his stance.

Kaepernick got lots of hugs after the anthem.

— tree (@treekisser) September 2, 2016

Kaepernick made very clear that his stance had nothing to do with the military when he applauded the veterans who received recognition during the game.

Kaepernick standing and applauding on 49ers sideline as US veterans are asked to stand during break here in the second quarter

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2016


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