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The NFL is facing a potential image disaster at a time when the league seemed to be finally putting Deflategate and other scandals in its rearview mirror.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during Friday's night's playing of the national anthem could lead other NFL stars to make similar protests during the 2016 season.
Many fans get angry when athletes inject politics into sports.
Kaepernick stated that he's "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color."
He doesn't care about the possible fallout on his career or corporate sponsorships: "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
The 28-year old Kaepernick didn't violate any league rules either, players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.