What's Lincoln Thinkin': Kaepernick's message lost in translation
This preseason, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting during the national anthem, as a protest to the way black people are treated in the United States.
Kaep's stance has moved the conversation, but not in the way he had hoped.
More athletes are following Kaepernick's lead and protesting during the national anthem.
Last thursday, Niners teammate Eric Reid sat next to Kaepernick.
Seahawk Jeremy Lane sat as well.
Also longtime USA soccer player and LGBT activist Megan Rapinoe knelt during the anthem before a game with her professional team.
But the message they are looking to get out, is being drowned out by the noise surrounding their actions.
Team USA hockey coach John Tortorella announced that if any of his players sat during the national anthem, they'd keep sitting the rest of the game.
Rapinoe was set to play a game at Washington Wednesday, and the team moved up their pregame festivities, so that the anthem played while the teams were in the locker room and Rapinoe couldn't protest.
Rapinoe has tweeted out: "The least I could do, is keep the conversation going".
But Kaep says, the conversation, has been empty.
"I wish people would be as outraged about the murders that are happening in the street as they are about a protest," he said Wednesday.
And that statement deserves no controversy.
While he claims the message may be getting lost, some people are gravitating towards him. His jersey has become the top seller in the NFL, and Wednesday he said he will donate a portion of those sales to charity.