In addition to the various public figures and celebrities criticizing Colin Kaepernick for his protest of the National Anthem, there are plenty other people out there who wholeheartedly disagree with his stance.
So, this makes you wonder -- has Colin Kaepernick received any credible death threats as a result of his political outspokenness? Perhaps.
According to ESPN, the 28-year-old quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers says he's received numerous death threats since he began protesting the National Anthem by sitting down or kneeling instead of standing with his hand over his heart.
The report states that while Kaepernick has yet to inform team security about the threats directed at him, he says he was well aware of the backlash that might stem from such a bold, widely publicized protest.
So, what does Kaepernick think of the death threats stemming from his protest against racial injustice and discrimination? The NFL star said,
To me, if something like that were going to happen, you've proved my point. It would be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. That would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now. Granted, I don't want that to happen. But that's the realization of what could happen and I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. That's not something I haven't thought about.
That's pretty real if you ask me.
It's evident that Kaepernick expected blowback but that isn't going to silence him. Instead, if something were to happen to him, it would just shine a light on the problem, which is exactly what this man is trying to do.
Kaepernick has also revealed that he has received death threats not only through social media but through other forms of communication as well.
As of late, Kaepernick has been standing his ground as far as protesting goes.
He's also been keeping his ear pressed to the ongoing news regarding police brutality and racial injustice.
Following his report of receiving countless death threats, his most recent statement was in regards to police shooting and killing an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma.
Kaepernick spoke to reporters, saying,
I think it will be very, very telling what happens with the officer that killed him, what happens with [her] because everybody's eyes will be on [her]. For me, I think one of the things that I've noticed throughout this is there's a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism. People want to take everything back to the flag but that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that are happening across the nation.
Colin Kaepernick has his eye on the prize and nothing can distract him from that -- not even something as disgusting as a death threat.