The Santa Clara Police Union has reportedly sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers stating the officers may stop working team events unless changes are made regarding Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest and behavior, according to NBC Bay Area’s Ian Cull.
“The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior,” the letter obtained by NBC stated.
The decision comes just days after photos taken in early August circulated showing Kaepernick wearing socks that depicted pigs in police uniforms.
Last week, Kaepernick chose not to stand for the anthem before San Francisco’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in protest of racial oppression. At Thursday’s game, he kneeled during the anthem along with teammate Eric Reid. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane reportedly sat during the national anthem ahead of Seattle’s game against Oakland.
After Thursday’s game, Kaepernick announced he will donate $1 million of his salary this season to organizations that work with and help communities.