Colin Kaepernick has faced plenty of criticism for his refusal to stand for the national anthem. But he’s also getting plenty of support.
In fact, Kaepernick jersey sales are skyrocketing since he took his stance. The NFL Shop best sellers list shows the Kaepernick white jersey as the No. 2 best seller and the Kaepernick red jersey as the No. 6 best seller. The only player in the NFL selling more jerseys than Kaepernick right now is Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
A month ago, before Kaepernick sat out the anthem, his jerseys were hardly selling at all. And that makes sense, as he was a backup quarterback coming off a terrible year whom the 49ers would have traded if they had been able to find any team willing to take his $11.9 million guaranteed salary.
But now that Kaepernick has spoken out against police brutality, a lot of people want to show their support. And putting Kaepernick’s name on your back is an easy way to do that.
UPDATE 7:37 a.m. ET: Shortly after we posted this item, Kaepernick’s jersey moved up to the No. 1 best seller spot.