As he intended, Colin Kaepernick stole the show, but it wasn’t for throwing pinpoint passes into the end zone, scrambling behind the line of scrimmage, or brilliant game management in the red zone.

In fact, he can’t draw attention for any of those feats anymore, so he resorted to a stunt.

He refused to stand as the national anthem was played before a 49ers preseason game.

He was photographed wearing socks with a cartoon pig wearing a blue police cap in an obvious reference to the epithet Black Lives Matter marchers use in chanting, “Pigs in a blanket – fry ‘em like bacon.”

And suddenly, football fans who had looked forward to the opening of the new season with questions about whether the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos could repeat without the now-retired Peyton Manning and how their own team would fare, the focus on the teams, the players and the game itself was hijacked by one player with a need to put himself above everyone and everything else.

Social media exploded and the media scrambled to cover the story Kaepernick had manufactured – whether to deflect attention from his faltering on-field performance, create an excuse if the 49ers cut him, a genuine desire to draw attention to what he perceives as the social injustice of police brutality, or a philosophy fostered by his Muslim activist girlfriend.

The quarterback, who is half-black, was adopted by a white family.

Kaepernick, once considered among the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL, had suggested that he wanted to be traded after another disappointing season and injuries, only to be demoted to serving as back-up to his own former back-up, Blaine Gabbert.

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Now, law enforcement officers are threatening their own protest – of Kaepernick.

The Santa Clara police union has informed the 49ers of its intent to boycott working at their games at Levi Stadium if the team fails to “take action.”

Each NFL team hosts eight home games every season – more if they are lucky and make it into the postseason – requiring a police presence of about 70 officers on duty.

The letter the union sent to the 49ers made it clear that the law enforcement community considers Kaepernick’s actions to be hostile.

“The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer's Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior.”


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