American football player Colin Kaepernick was loudly booed on Thursday after once again refusing to stand during a rendition of the US national anthem.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has triggered debate in the United States over his decision to sit during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner in a protest he says is aimed at drawing attention to the plight of blacks in the country.
The 28-year-old crouched on one knee during the anthem on Thursday as the 49ers played the San Diego Chargers at the Qualcomm Stadium in Southern California.
The latest protest came on a night when the Chargers honoured US military personnel in an annual “Salute to the Military”.
San Diego has a large population of army personnel and is home to a large naval base.
After the rendition of the anthem – which was sung by a US soldier – Kaepernick was booed relentlessly by the crowd every time he took a snap in the opening plays of the game.
The jeers, though, did little to deter Kaepernick, with the quarterback leading the team on a smooth opening drive for an early touchdown to put the 49ers ahead.
The player’s protest has divided opinion. Some have praised it as peaceful and powerful, while others say he is unpatriotic.
Over the past week, a photograph emerged of him wearing a pair of socks that bore images of cartoon pigs wearing police uniforms.