Coozies for sale outside New Era Field on Sunday – two for $5 – made clear the feelings of their creator.
Printed on them was a message to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: “Stand Up & Shut Up,” complete with an insult in the spelling of his last name. That appeared to be the protest of choice – another fan brought a sign that said “Disrespect Colon.”
As the Ely-Fagan American Legion Post 1151 from Henrietta brought the American flag onto the field and Chris Ferrara began the national anthem, Kaepernick took a knee, just as he has since the start of the preseason, a social protest aimed at bringing awareness to what he perceives to be racial injustice in America.
Shortly before Ferrara began, the crowd started a “USA, USA” chant. Kaepernick was joined by teammates Eli Harold and Eric Reid in taking a knee. San Francisco’s Antoine Bethea and Rashard Robinson raised a fist as Ferrara sang.
There were no outward signs of protest on the Bills’ sideline, as has been the case throughout the season.
A group of fans who support Kaepernick’s cause did march to New Era Field together shortly before kickoff.
See Nick Veronica's post on the gathering outside the stadium.
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) October 16, 2016