Wochit News - Kaepernick Protest May Lose 49ers Police Protection - The 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has created a lot of controversy by refusing to standing during the national anthem during the team's football games. But now, it seems that some of the controversy might have very real and very dangerous consequences. Kaepernick has said that he is sitting during the singing of the national anthem as a protest to the injustice that black people suffer in the United States at the hands of a militarized police force.