Eric Reid, former teammate of Colin Kaepernick, in an op-ed for The New York Times:
After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate
Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to
the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day
during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because
it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was
like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.
It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as
disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We
chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my
understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for
our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free
society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.