The Buffalo Bills fans did something amazing before Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem Sunday.
— Matt Sabuda (@MattSabuda) October 16, 2016
That’s right, before Kaepernick had the chance to kneel for the national anthem, Bills fans were shouting, “USA, USA, USA!”
Kaepernick knelt during the anthem for the first time as a starting quarterback before a regular-season game and was again joined by safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold in protest of racial inequality and oppression in the United States.
Safeties Antoine Bethea and Jaquiski Tartt, cornerbacks Keith Reaser and Rashard Robinson and running back Mike Davis continued their tradition of raising their right fists during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Sunday was Kaepernick’s first start in a regular-season game. Bills fans booed him during the first few snaps.
As Kaepernick, who on Sunday made his first start since Week 8 of last season, led the offense onto the field, he was greeted by a loud chorus of boos from Bills fans. Those boos continued for the first couple of snaps before dissipating into cheers of encouragement for Buffalo’s defense.
Vendors who stood just outside the stadium property were even selling anti-Kaepernick t-shirts.
Things are only going to get worse for Kaepernick from here on out.