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Kaepernick finally started a game. But the loss and fans' reactions weren't so positive.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his return to the field Sunday and continued his national anthem protest as usual. 

What was unusual, was the fact that Kaepernick started for the first time since last November. 

Unfortunately for Kaepernick, his team lost 45-16 to the Buffalo Bills. 

Before the national anthem began to play, the crowd chanted "USA! USA! USA!" When Kaepernick jogged onto the field he was met with boos. 

According to USA Today, there was also an unconfirmed report that a Bills fan through a bottle at him. 

"If they did, they don't have very good aim," Kaepernick told USA Today. Kaepernick added that he had several Bills fans come up to him before the game to say they supported what he is doing. 

Kaepernick was also pleasantly surprised to hear that several Bills fans knelt outside the stadium during the anthem to show support. 


Despite being booed, Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem, continuing his protest against racial oppression and police brutality.

He was joined by linebacker Eli Harold and safety Eric Reid. Cornerback Rashard Robinson and safety Antoine Bethea stood during the anthem but raised their arms.

In addition to continuing his anthem protest, Kaepernick wore a Muhammad Ali shirt as a nod to the late heavy-weight champion. 


"He was someone who fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what was right for people," Kaepernick told USA Today, explaining his decision to wear the shirt.   

Outside New Era Field, one vendor was selling a shirt that read, "Wanted: Notorious Disgrace to America." The shirt featured a photo of Kaepernick with a bullseye aimed at his chest. 

Another shirt featured a drawing of him kneeling and said, "Shut up and Stand Up!" 

Along with the t-shirts, there were also some people tackling a dummy wearing a Kaepernick jersey. 

Overall, Kaepernick's first game back might not have been the most positive experience. 

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