An entire stadium (almost) stood Thursday night as Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell performed the national anthem and the Chargers kicked off their 28th annual “Salute to the Military” at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Performing the Anthem for the Chargers tomorrow. God is so amazing couldn't ask for a better time them this. pic.twitter.com/S50RmzsxAq
— Steven Powell (@Stevenpsings17) August 31, 2016
As planned, 240 members of the military formed a giant “super flag” on the field.
— NICK HAMILTON (@NickHamiltonLA) September 2, 2016
We almost hate to mention it and ruin a beautiful tribute to the military, but there was quite a bit of buzz online about a couple of players who didn’t stand for the singing of the anthem due to injuries to their feelings.
Here’s Kaepernick refusing to stand for national anthem again on military appreciation night pic.twitter.com/5Ii1M363tD
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 2, 2016
Oh yeah, it was that Colin Kaepernick guy. He looked kind of lost and lonely in that big crowd.
— Wake Up America (@_Patriot8_) September 2, 2016
Military appreciation night with an African American serviceman singing, and #Kaepernick still couldn't stand during the National Anthem 😡
— Jared Patrick Rex (@rexy2012) September 2, 2016
Appears that Eric Reid also is sitting during anthem. Had been supportive of Kaepernick's stance during week.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 2, 2016
@mattbarrows Yeah, this is gonna be a thing. Divisive and ineffectual.
— Andrew (@SuperMandrew49) September 2, 2016
Both stood up until the music started, then Kaepernick and Reid (not in uniform) took a knee during the song. https://t.co/YJ2VhiJVT7
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) September 2, 2016
It would be tempting to run a funny caption contest, but who could beat this entry?
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 2, 2016
@EdgeofSports Dave, I just don't see it.
— Cam Martin (@CameronDMartin) September 2, 2016
Look again, up front.
Are you referencing the guy in the white hat or the millionaire refusing to stand with his teammates? https://t.co/IcViY3W2fo
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 2, 2016
@EdgeofSports yes, that marine is courageous.
— Brandon (@BMS355) September 2, 2016
Yeah, it is military appreciation night after all. Cut to a shot of the field already so viewers can see what courage looks like. This guy sitting down isn’t really grabbing our attention.
@EdgeofSports Damn straight. That Marine is the epitome of courage.
— German Shepherd (@GermanShepher10) September 2, 2016
@EdgeofSports Well, he did volunteer to defend Kaepernick's right to sit there like a d-bag. That's what Marines do.
— Collin O'Scopy (@Crapplefratz) September 2, 2016
@EdgeofSports I agree. Marine looks sharp.
— Rob Reber (@robbr09) September 2, 2016
No doubt. Zirin might be talking about the football player, though, when he says “this is what courage looks like.”
Sitting down, surrounded by security, is not, in any way, "courage".
— (((Nala the Koala))) (@nalathekoala) September 2, 2016
@EdgeofSports this is what a publicity stunt looks like.
— Will Duncan (@SteelBReal) September 2, 2016
— Sean DuVall (@duvall172) September 2, 2016