NFL star wears jersey paying tribute to Kaepernick before game
© Twitter/DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins showed solidarity with Colin Kaepernick on Sunday by wearing an "#ImWithKap" jersey before his team's game. 

Hopkins shared a photo of him wearing the jersey, which is white and black and feature's "#ImWithKap" above the number 7,  as he entered Houston's NRG Stadium.

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Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, later responded to the gesture from Hopkins. 

"Appreciate love from one of the best ," Kaepernick wrote on Twitter. "Thank you Brother!!!"

Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality in 2016.

 

He became a source of controversy due to his protest, and has yet to sign with an NFL team since being released by the 49ers following the 2016-17 season. 

An arbitrator in August ruled that his grievance alleging NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league can go to trial.

Multiple NFL athletes, such as Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, have continued to kneel during the national anthem during the 2018 NFL season. 

Kaepernick announced in September that all proceeds for sales of the "ImWithKap" jerseys would go to the Know Your Rights Camp, which is a free campaign for youth funded by Kaepernick.

The camp is intended to “raise awareness on self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.”