Colin Kaepernick Has Actually Been Protesting The Police For Weeks

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew the ire of police unions and NFL executives when he refused to stand for the national anthem last week. But in truth he was subtly slamming the police even before the NFL preseason began. He used his socks.

Since Aug. 10, Kaepernick has been taking the practice field wearing socks patterned with pigs in cop hats, CBS Sports reports.

The quarterback was protesting a country that tolerates police violence by staying seated during the national anthem before his team’s Aug. 26 preseason bout against the Green Bay Packers.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told’s Steve Wyche at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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