BOSTON - Against the backdrop of a huge American flag and red, white, and blue lights, Kid Rock performed his song Born Free at a Fenway Park concert in Boston on Friday. About a minute in, he climbed down to a lower level, knelt in front of the crowd, and stopped singing while he bowed his head for a few measures.
He then looked out at the crowd and yelled "[expletive] Colin Kaepernick."
His vulgar statement was met with cheers and whistles, and the person in front of whoever filmed the video footage can be seen putting their hands in their air, flashing peace signs.
Kid Rock's statement came before the first games of the NFL season, during which Kaepernick continued his protest against police brutality and this country's treatment of minorities by not standing for the national anthem. The 49ers quarterback was joined by his teammate Eric Reid, and many other players across the league took part in protests of their own, whether to kneel during the anthem or to raise their fists.
Kaepernick's protest has been the most talked about occurrence during the season thus far, and many have argued that it's been an important and brave way to get this country talking about real issues. Others, from tennis player John Isner to NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, have said Kaepernick was wrong to do what he's done. Kid Rock made it pretty clear which camp he falls into on Friday.