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Athletes, celebs show Kaepernick support throughout Super Bowl LIII

LeBron, KD, Ava DuVernay and others took to social media to stand with Kap

When it was obvious two years ago that Colin Kaepernick was not going to get a fair shot in the NFL after his decision to take a knee during the national anthem, proclaiming #ImWithKap became trendy. Some fans went as far as to say they would never watch another NFL game until Kaepernick had a job.

As Super Bowl LIII kicked off on Sunday, the question was who was still down with Kaepernick, and to what extent. A look at the social media posts of some celebrities leading up to Sunday’s game indicates the degree of devotion to Kaepernick and his cause varies.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay left no doubt where she stood, announcing her unconditional support for a boycott:

Actor, comedian and Howard University student Nick Cannon rocked a Kaepernick jersey (which quickly sold out) and announced he was making a donation to the Know Your Rights Camp run by the former San Francisco 49ers star:


Also standing with Kaepernick by wearing the No. 7 jersey was radio host/author Charlamagne Tha God:

LeBron James…

Kevin Durant …

Jaylen Brown …

Rapper Chamillionaire:

Carolina Panthers safety (and former 49ers teammate) Eric Reid:

Iconic Olympic medalist John Carlos:

Even activist Angela Davis got her hands on a jersey to show support as shown in a post from Common:

Cardi B said turning down the Super Bowl halftime show was due to her support of Kaepernick (although she did appear in a Pepsi commercial during the first half, and danced with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a Super Bowl party):

Comedian D.L. Hughley expressed his support:

And actress Jennifer Lewis demonstrated her support as only she could, first by announcing that she was kicking off with Kaepernick on Sunday:

And later in song, where Lewis serenaded her Instagram followers with a song that included the hashtag #takeaknee:

Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at Andscape. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright and watching the Knicks play a MEANINGFUL NBA game in June.