Kaepernick plans to protest National Anthem at Thursday's game in San Diego

Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 21:20:41-04

Colin Kaepernick plans to protest the National Anthem in San Diego on Thursday when the San Francisco 49ers face the San Diego Chargers.

On Friday, he stayed sitting instead of saluting Old Glory, which sparked a lot of controversy.

"I respect what he did," Chargers player, Chris Swain, said. "There are definitely issues going on throughout the world," Swain explained.

The issue at hand is racial injustice, according to Kaepernick.

"There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable," Kaepernick said. "Cops are getting paid leave for killing people."

"I'll continue to sit. I'll continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed."

Swain proudly hails from the Naval Academy. He is a Navy reservist and he is ready to answer if the country calls.

"There's nothing better than those moments before the game," Swain said.

As the National Anthem plays, he thinks of those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom. 

"For me personally, I see the National Anthem in a different way," Swain said. "I stand and show my respect for it, but he has the right to do what he wishes, and I respect that. He has the freedom to sit or stand."

Thursday's game is the 28th annual salute to the military. A Navy Sailor will sing the National Anthem.