Anthem-protesting Kaepernick jeered by Buffalo fans

Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:26pm EDT
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(Reuters) - San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick was lustily booed by many Buffalo fans on Sunday as he continued his national anthem protest before turning in an inauspicious performance against the Bills.

Kaepernick arrived at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York paying "homage" to Muhammad Ali by wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the boxing legend and leading civil rights campaigner who died in June.

As he has done all season, the quarterback kneeled during the United States national anthem, along with two team mates, as a police officer stood immediately behind the trio.

Several other San Francisco players raised their right fists in another form of protest.

Before the anthem, sections of the crowd began chanting "USA, USA."

But Kaepernick took issue afterwards at any implication that his stance was unpatriotic.

"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," Kaepernick told reporters after being jeered before the game and out on field.

"To me, I see it as very patriotic and American to uphold the United States to the standards that it says it lives by."

Kaepernick has polarised opinion amongst National Football League fans since pre-season for the silent protest he says is against social injustice and police brutality.   Continued...

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports