Several Dolphins players took a knee during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s Week 1 game against the Seahawks, following in the footsteps of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the practice during the preseason.
And while different teams have chosen to protest differently — Chiefs‘ players interlocked arms instead of kneeling — the issue remains a politically divisive one. Last month, CBS NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason called Kaepernick’s actions “disrespectful,” and on Sunday evening, supermodel and actress Kate Upton tweeted her displeasure with the Dolphins’ players decision.
Upton’s remarks didn’t go unnoticed (which, we imagine, was the point):
— (((Port Dauphin))) (@portdauphin) September 11, 2016
@KateUpton where in this picture does it show you they aren’t proud to be Americans? Protesting wrongs is how we became a country.
— slattern (@slatt3rn) September 11, 2016
A few minutes after the tweet above, Upton then tweeted this:
And that, too, elicited a response:
@KateUpton In other words they should have freedom of speech except when it’s inconvenient? Doesn’t work that way.
— Tom Moran (@Piscesboy69) September 11, 2016
Kaepernick, whose team doesn’t play until Monday night, has said that he’ll continue to kneel during the national anthem to protest the oppression of black people in the United States.
Source: CBS Sports / Supermodel Kate Upton calls Dolphins players taking a knee on 9/11 ‘unacceptable’