San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for staying seated during the singing of national anthem last week. When asked why he refused to stand, he replied: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." The NFL issued a statement shortly afterward saying that players are “encouraged but not required to stand” during the anthem, but Kaepernick’s protest immediately drew criticism from football fans as well as his fellow sportsmen.