The recent protest by San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick has gathered national attention and as with any political action in sport, has received a lot of criticism.
The former 49ers starter has taken to sitting down on the bench during the playing of the American national anthem before kick off, in San Francisco's pre- season games.
Kaepernick has been accused of disrespecting his native country and also turning his back on his team-mates by not standing with them.
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His protest is in support of the recent 'Black Lives Matter' campaign which has emerged given the string of deaths amongst African- American citizens at the hands of Caucasian police officers.
The very controversial social issue has now entered the NFL and while the league themselves are unlikely to punish Kaepernick, the fans aren't taking the same stance.
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One man who has recently given his support to Kaepernick however is the leader of the country and the first ever black US president, Barack Obama.
Speaking at a news conference in China, the question of Kaepernick's protests was raised and the President showed a lot of respect for his actions.
Claiming that Kaepernick is exercising his constitutional rights and praising him for his sincerity and willingness to defend causes that he believes in, Obama has clearly shown his support for the quarterback.
The move has certainly caught the nation's attention with sales of Kaepernick's jersey spiking and him also receiving support from other sports stars.
One man who may disagree with Kaepernick's tactics however is LA Rams coach Jeff Fisher - who commented on the National Anthem during an episode of this season's Hard Knocks TV series.
The 49ers could be in for a turbulent season as they currently don't appear to pose a big threat to the bigger teams in the NFC.
Sharing their division with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers could really struggle in 2016.
Kaepernick has not been named as the starter for the team with Blaine Gabbert set to undertake that role, but could his protests become an unwanted distraction for the 49ers in what could prove to be an already problematic season?
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