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Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to sit down while the national anthem was being played before the 49ers game on Friday has quickly become a hot-button issue across the country.

On one side of the spectrum, you have the people who believe that Kaepernick was well within his right to do what he did. On the other side, you have people who believe that Kaepernick’s actions were an affront to everything that America stands for.

Kaepernick’s actions during the national anthem have divided a lot of people, including NFL players. Many feel that he should have stood for the anthem, while many others understand why he did what he did.

Here’s a small sample of player reaction from Twitter.

Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh made it clear that no one has to worry about him pulling a Kaepernick.

Free agent quarterback T.J. Yates isn’t on board with Kaepernick’s stance.

Yates sent out that tweet shortly after he retweeted a tweet from Matt Hasselbeck that basically said Kaepernick was giving up on his shot to win the starting job in San Francisco.

Tyler Polumbus, who announced his retirement in April, thinks Kaepernick needs to find a better way to protest if he’s unhappy with America.

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert also weighed by thanking everyone “who defends the flag that really matters, even for the people who don’t appreciate it.”

The interesting thing about Kaeprenick’s situation there seems to be a divide between races over what he did, something that free agent linebacker Emmanuel Acho pointed out on Twitter.

As Acho mentioned, most African-American players who spoke up on Twitter understood why Kaepernick did what he did, including Russell Okung and Arian Foster.

You also have the tweet below, which was retweeted by Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills.

As you can see, NFL players are just as divided as the rest of the country when it comes to Kaepernick’s actions.


Source: CBS Sports / NFL players react to Colin Kaepernick protesting the national anthem