More than 100 million Americans will tune in to watch the likes of Tom Brady and Jared Goff compete in Super Bowl LIII, but some others are focused on one player who won’t be on the field Sunday night.
In the past week, a number of celebrities have sent messages of support to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick — who became famous for kneeling during the national anthem before games in protest of racial inequality — has not played in the league since 2016 and has filed a lawsuit accusing NFL owners of colluding to keep him unsigned.
From wearing Kaepernick’s merchandise to refusing to watch the Big Game, check out which big names have publicly supported the former NFL star in the run-up to the Super Bowl.
Famous political and civil rights activist Angela Davis took a photo wearing Kaepernick merchandise.
Rapper Common posted a picture with Davis in a Kaepernick jersey on Twitter just hours before the Super Bowl kicked off.
Celtics star Jaylen Brown wore the same jersey before Boston’s Sunday matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ten-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant was spotted wearing one as well.
And Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James also showed his support with a Kaepernick jersey.
Rapper Chamillionaire posed with Stephen Curry while wearing Kaepernick merchandise this week.
And singer Trey Songz also got in on the action.
Ana Duvernay took to Twitter to announce that she would not be watching the Super Bowl in a show of support for Kaepernick.
Actress Zendaya also voiced her support.
And Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid also posted a photo touting Kaepernick gear.