Since Kaepernick first decided to remain seated during the national anthem before a preseason game on Aug. 26, a heated debate has grown around whether his protest is patriotic or disrespectful. A number of people, such as former 49er Jerry Rice as well as several other athletes, have accused Kaepernick of dishonoring the US flag and the military service members they believe it represents.

At the same time, shows of support for Kaepernick have continued, including just yesterday (Sep. 5) when US soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the anthem before a game between the Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars in a nod to Kaepernick.

It’s a safe bet that Kaepernick will see more of that sentiment during the 49ers home opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Sep. 12. He’ll be on the bench, recovering from three surgeries, but plenty of San Francisco fans will have his back, and his jersey on theirs.

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