Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice has reversed course on his opinion of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
The San Francisco 49ers legend initially tweeted that he respected Kaepernick’s stance but felt that “all lives” mattered.
Kaepernick, who currently plays for the 49ers, has protested saluting the flag since August, citing ongoing issues of racism and police brutality in America.
Rice eventually said he was not against Kaepernick, but did not want to dishonor the flag.
Tuesday, Rice appeared to change his mind a bit. He tweeted that he supports Kaepernick for “bringing awareness for injustice.” Rice added that he hopes the country can reach a solution.
The tweet comes as many Twitter users bombarded Rice and other celebrities who have been vocal critics of Kaepernick’s protest. Drew Brees, Boomer Esiason, and Kate Upton were flooded with tweets following the shooting death of Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma. Crutcher was killed by police after his car was broken down in the middle of a Tulsa road.
Critics said Rice and the others went silent on the very issue of police brutality that Kaepernick had been raising all along.
Kaepernick has been joined by other athletes who took a knee during the anthem or raised a fist in solidarity.