NFL: Colin Kaepernick thanks Miami Dolphins duo for kneeling during anthem Colin Kaepernick has thanked Miami Dolphins duo Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson after they kneeled during the US national anthem on Sunday. It comes after Nike decided to use Kaepernick as the face of a new campaign. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice. It seems to be impossible to discuss this protest in a rational way on this board.Clearly there are deep issues here that should be addressed but the reaction of the President and his attack dogs have made this impossible. I dont know how representative the racist posters on the "race relations" forum are of America as a whole but it looks like the civil rights movement drove the racism underground and that hatred still exists. Why cant the US leave the hatred in the past ?