After weathering criticism from Ruth Bader Ginsberg that his protest is “dumb and disrespectful“, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick again took a knee, while outside the stadium t-shirts were being sold with his image.
What makes it different than most 49ers merch is this featured Kaepernick’s image targeted by a rifle sight. The text on the t-shirt reads, “Wanted” and “Notorious Disgrace to America.” Another t-shirt reads, “Shut Up And Stand Up!” along with the quarterback’s last name spelled ‘Kaeperdick’
Sports writer Robert Klemko tweeted images of the shirts with this message:
Shirts with a rifle scope trained on Colin Kaepernick selling for $10 outside of Ralph Wilson stadium.
Elsewhere outside the stadium, one group of fans were hitting a dummy wearing a Kaepernick jersey and an afro wig.
Here's a very drunk Bills fan spearing a dummy with Kaepernick jersey and afro wig. pic.twitter.com/PDo0NL2Pcp
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) October 16, 2016
Kaepernick continued to defend his peaceful protest after the game:
“I don’t understand what’s un-American about fighting for liberty and justice for everybody, for the equality this country says it stands for.To me, I see it as very patriotic and American to uphold the United States to the standards that it says it lives by.”
It’s important to note that Kaepernick wasn’t alone. Outside the stadium, fans of different races joined together and knelt in solidarity with the quarterback’s cause. Nick Veronica, a writer for the Buffalo News, captured the moment on Twitter. In addition, former Team USA member Marquise Goodwin exchanged jerseys with Kaepernick after the game .
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) October 17, 2016
He plans to frame Kaepernick’s jersey and put it up in his house, as is. Goodwin told the Buffalo News:
“This is part of history. We’ll look back in 20 years, 30 years from now and be, like, ‘This dude stood for something.’ He didn’t fall [despite] everything. He stood for something, stood his ground, and no matter how many times he got booed, no matter how much scrutiny that he faced, he still was resilient through that and had the heart and the courage to continue to do that.”
Despite the t-shirts, Kaepernick said after the game that his death threats are “rare occurrences now.” Not much of a silver lining.