Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job. The NFL quarterback, famous for leading a Black Lives Matter protest in which he refused to stand during the American national anthem at games, has been a free agent with no offers since the end of the 2016 season. He has, however, garnered lots of attention from the Trump White House and a president who appears to have nothing better to do than attack pro athletes at speaking events and on Twitter.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!” screeched Trump at a senate election campaign rally late last week.
The world’s most powerful leader then followed up his IRL NFL diatribe with a series of tweets targeting sports stars like Steph Curry and LeBron James. James clapped back with a tweet that called Trump a bum, and read in part, “Going to White House was a great honour until you showed up!”
Kobe Bryant chimed in, tweeting “A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly ‘Make America Great Again.'” Since then, the number of people—both NFL players and others—taking the knee to protest the violence against black people in America has risen. Celebs like Cher, Pharrell, Dave Matthews, Olivia Wilde, Michael Moore, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and more have shown their support alongside a significant number of athletes.
Check out these incredible photos of the growing number of people inspired by Kaepernick’s courage.
The ‘take the knee’ protest just got a big boost, thanks to Trump
The New England PatriotsWhoa. Even Trump supporter and New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, released a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president on Friday."Getty Images
Kansas City Chief Justin HoustonThink standing up for what you believe in in front of the entire country is easy? This moving photo of a tough-guy linebacker Houston says otherwise.Getty Images
The Cleveland BrownsThis photo of two Cleveland players showing a united front—whether they stand or kneel during the anthem—is proof Trump can't divide all of us.Getty Images
Washington Redskin Chris CarterAccording to Trump, people who kneel during the anthem don't love their country. Wrong. A true patriot is someone who loves their country but wants to make it better.Getty Images
The Miami DolphinsEven in the Trump stronghold that is the state of Florida, players kneel in protest. This photo gives us the feels all the way to Mar-a-Lago and back.Getty Images
The Denver BroncosThe possibility of an entire NFL stadium of fans booing you for kneeling is very real. These brave players did it anyway.Getty Images
The Los Angeles Chargers“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking on behalf of the entire league.Getty Images
The Howard University Cheer SquadThis is probably the most sombre photo of a cheerleading squad ever caught on camera—which makes their message all the more powerful.Getty Images
The Oakland A's Bruce MaxwellOn Saturday, the Athletics catcher went down in history as the first MLB player to kneel during the anthem. "I'm kneeling for the people that don't have a voice," said Maxwell.Getty Images
Protesting Fans in PhiladelphiaFans outside Philly's Lincoln Financial field, home turf for the Philadelphia Eagles, told the world how they felt with a heartfelt protest backing Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter.Getty Images
Tennis player Nick KyrgiosRight before playing the world's number two-ranked men's star, Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, tennis player Nick Kyrgios expressed his support for the NFL-lead protest by taking a knee.Getty Images
Stevie Wonder and Kwame MorrisAt the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park this weekend, Wonder and his son both knelt down to show their allegiance with Kaepernick's movement.Getty Images
Eddie VedderSay what you will about Pearl Jam's recent catalogue, singer Eddie Vedder' politics have always been right on.Getty Images
The cast of Star Trek: Discovery“In the spirit of Gene Roddenberry—If I could take one knee on the bridge I would," tweeted Star Trek: Discovery actor Jason Isaacs, seen in this pic of the cast taking a pre-premiere knee.instagram/therealsonequa