Bucks Jabari Parker posts photo in support of Colin Kaepernick
In the wake of the media firestorm surrounding Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to remain seated during the national anthem, Bucks first-round draft pick Jabari Parker posted an Instagram Tuesday night in support of the NFL quarterback.
“Never followed the wave but this one is necessary,” his caption read. “I got your back homie.”
His post comes two weeks after Kaepernick first began his peaceful protest against police brutality by sitting or kneeling during the national anthem of 49ers pre-season games.
Kaepernick is pairing this protest with a $1 million donation to organizations assisting those affected by racial injustice and police brutality, and recently announced that he will donate 100 percent of the sales of his jersey — which have boomed to become the top-selling NFL jersey — to similar organizations.
Jabari Parker isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last to join in solidarity with Kaepernick. Athletes ranging from the Lakers‘ Nick Young to U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe have echoed the quarterback’s sentiments and even taken to a knee in response to his controversial decision.
With the NBA season looming, it won’t be surprising to see similar actions of protest throughout the league this year.