NFL players join quarterback Colin Kaepernick by sitting during national anthem

Posted at 7:14 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 06:53:41-04

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid joined teammate Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the national anthem before Thursday's game between the 49ers and the host San Diego Chargers.

Kaepernick caused a media firestorm by sitting during the national anthem played before last week's preseason game. He later announced he would continue to sit until racial minorities receive fair treatment in America.

Reid, a 2013 first-round NFL Draft pick, was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season.

In addition, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem played before the Seahawks' game at the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. Lane was a sixth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012.

Every member of the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos appeared to stand during the national anthem played before Thursday night's preseason finale in Glendale.

Before the game, Kaepernick was booed as he took the field.

Earlier Thursday, photos of Kaepernick wearing socks depicting pigs as police officers last month surfaced online. Kaepernick explained the socks in an Instagram post. 

Former NFL player and Green Beret Nate Boyer, who wrote an open letter in support of Kaepernick's decision, accompanied the 49ers QB on the sidelines Thursday. 

After the game, Kaepernick said he'll donate the first $1 million he makes this season to charities that aid communities in need. Kaepernick is set to make just under $16 million this season.