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>> Colin Kaepernick is changing up his play. The 49ers' quarterback who sparked outrage earlier this week for refusing to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner, shifting gears and knelt down during the national anthem, Thursday. And this time he wasn't alone, teammate Eric Reid joined him. Kaepernick said his actions are in protest of racial inequality in the United States, but insists he's not anti-American.
>> The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren't treated equally. Aren't given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed.
>> Thursday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers included a salute to the military, replete with tributes to America's fighting men and women. Kaepernick stood and clapped for God Bless America. When Kaepernick first made headlines, former army Green Beret and long snapper Nate Boyer penned an open letter to the QB in Army Times, saying the 49ers' actions had hurt him as a proud vet, but then he was willing to listen to him with an open mind.
Kaepernick invited Boyer to the game. Boyer stood next to Kaepernick as the player kneeled before the start of play. After the game, Kaepernick says he plans to donate the first $1 million he makes this year to communities in need.