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The singer pauses, hanging between verses. He knows - like the thousands standing around him in http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/James_Young_Jerseythe stands, on the pitch and on the stage - that the Star-Spangled Banner, the American national anthem, is about to reach its highest point. Men's Jeff Hornacek Swingman White Adidas Jersey: NBA Utah Jazz #14 HomeKaepernick is on the team bench. Sandwiched between two giant soft-drink barrels, he sits alone as thousands roar and whoop in appreciation."I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," he says after the pre-season http://www.giantsshopnfl.com/Authentic-Darian-Thompson-Jersey match in August 2016. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting Womens Ziggy Hood Jersey away with murder."This is not his first protest. But it is his first protest in team kit. And it is the first time he is asked about it.His silent, solitary gesture of solidarity makes a lot of people very angry. One of those is Nate Boyer. He used to be in the US Army Special Forces and is a former NFL player."When I saw that, I felt like I was betrayed. It just hurt. It was extremely disgraceful for me. In my eyes you might as well burn the flag," he told the BBC. "That was my initial reaction before I stopped and thought: 'What is he so upset about that he would want to protest the symbol of what our country stands for - which is freedom of rights?'"Boyer decides to write an open letter to Kaepernick. And they meet.The NFL star - in 2014 he signed a contract that would have been worth up to $126m (£95.8m) over six years - actually sends a taxi to take Boyer from San Diego to San Francisco, about an eight-hour drive along the California coast. "I wanted him to stand - but I wanted him to stand because he feels like we are going in the right direction, like things are changing," Boyer says of their meeting."I wanted him to understand the implications of what he was doing, and he listened. That was important, because we are at a time when people just shake their fists instead of trying to fix something together. We reached a position of consensus." A week later, Kaepernick protests again. This time he is joined by his team-mate Eric Reid, and both men kneel while the national anthem plays.Boyer stands next to them. On the same night, at another match, Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks remains seated for the anthem. The movement is growing."It took courage for him to sit initially. It took more courage to bend his position a little bit," Boyer adds."I told him if they knelt I would be next to them with my hand on my heart, because I support your right to peacefully protest in this country. That is what I fought for." In late September, two matches in to the 2017 NFL season, President Donald Trump makes a speech.He says players who refuse to stand for the national anthem are "sons of bitches" who should be fired by their teams.The reaction to his words could not be more divided. Kaepernick's mother tweets: "I guess that makes me a proud bitch!"NBA star LeBron James describes Trump as a "bum".Over the weekend of 24-25 September, never before had the protest of refusing to stand during the national anthem attracted such attention. Scores of athletes, managers and coaches - across several sports - performed some kind Ales Hemsky Womens Jersey of protest or gesture of solidarity while the national anthem played before their games.Some linked arms, some stayed in the dressing room, many knelt. Travis Kelce of Kansas City Chiefs became the most prominent white player to kneel."I will be proud of it until the day I die," he told BBC Sport."Hopefully it creates talk and creates change. It's very important for this to actually become a change in society instead of it just being a badge on NFL players Cory Joseph Jersey for making a protest."But players find themselves having to explain what their actions mean.Many NFL supporters and the US public in general view the players as being unpatriotic, disrespectful of American values and/or the US military, and they agree with what Trump said.