His protest continued Thursday night when he chose to kneel for the national anthem in San Diego during the Chargers' Salute to the Military.
His teammate, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, kneeled beside him in solidarity prior to the game.
The knee is significant. the QB says he spoke with military vet Nate Boyer before the game and agreed that when it came to his Anthem protest, taking a knee was a better move than sitting. Before the game, Kaepernick, Reid, and Boyer spent 90 minutes talking about avenues of protest.
"The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with".
And he and Reid weren't alone in protest this week.
Tonight's game is particularly noteworthy because it is Military Night at Qualcomm Stadium, billed as a tribute to "hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego", according to the San Diego Chargers' website.
Kaepernick stood for "God Bless America", clapping after the song, and applauded at the periodic breaks to honor military members in attendance. He also intends to donate $1 million "to different organizations to help these communities and help these people", declining to provide specifics.
"I'm not anti-American. I love America", Kaepernick said after the 49ers' final preseason game.
"It's something I plan to keep on doing until I feel justice is being served", Lane said. That's why I'm doing this. "I think when that happens, I think a lot of people will really influence me to stand".
"I pray that he stays on the team", Reid said.
Kaepernick's protest has sparked an intense debate, with detractors criticizing the 28-year-old sports superstar as being disrespectful-particularly to America's military veterans. It makes us better & smarter.
Without providing specifics, Kaepernick said he is working with organizations in communities of need that will get the $1 million he makes this year.
"I think it's very fearless of him to continue to stand up for what he believes in while also changing his physical position to be respectful to the country", Reid said.