San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been outspoken for the past week, explaining why he’s refusing to stand for the national anthem and blasting presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
As a result of his insistence on sitting during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Kaepernick has been sacked all week long by irate Twitter observers—with the exception of a number of veterans who have voiced their opinion that they served in the military so Kaepernick could have the choice. But the social media outrage got even louder on Thursday when the socks that Kaepernick wore at practice earlier this month were revealed.
Colin Kaepernick is now wearing socks depicting the police as pigs. pic.twitter.com/C1D809YSR2— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 1, 2016
Kaepernick reportedly wore the cops-as-pigs footwear during practice on Aug. 10 and Aug. 12—so he was actually wearing them before the national anthem strike became national news—but after the socks went viral on Thursday, he released a statement on Instagram to explain his fashion choice.
The 49ers play the Chargers in a preseason game on Thursday night, and it could be one of the final opportunities for Kaepernick, whose roster spot is tenuous, to prove he deserves a job in San Francisco. He likely won’t be standing for the national anthem, but there’s almost no chance he’ll be wearing his pig socks.