The most talked about player in the NFL this year isn't a starter and hasn't entered a game yet this season. San Francisco 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem last month in a preseason game and explained afterwards that he would not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Since Kapernick began kneeling, a number of fellow NFL players have joined him in solidarity, either by kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe joined Kaepernick in kneeling to "keep the conversation going," and the movement has spread to the WNBA and high school athletics.
On Wednesday, TIME magazine released its latest cover for the October 3rd issue, which features Kaepernick kneeling in uniform.
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Kaepernick revealed earlier this week that he's received death threats since he began to protest the anthem.
"I've had a few come my way, but not too concerned about it. To me, if something like that were to happen, you've proved my point," Kaepernick said. "It will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now."