San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers questions at a news conference after an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers questions at a news conference after an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit while the national anthem is being played in protest of what he considers police brutality has sparked strong reaction across the sports world. Here’s what some current and former players and coaches have said about the controversy:

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Back Row, from left, John Wooten, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Bobby Mitchell stand behind Muhammad Ali before the start of the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Louisville Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky. The four were participants of the 'Ali Summit' in 1967, and Brown will be receiving the Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Back Row, from left, John Wooten, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Bobby Mitchell stand behind Muhammad Ali before the start of the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Louisville Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky. The four were participants of the ‘Ali Summit’ in 1967, and Brown will be receiving the Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley/File)

“I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world. He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it and I am with him 100 percent.” — Jim Brown, former Cleveland Browns running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer, on NFL Network .

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Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins looks on in the closing seconds of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Dallas defeated Miami 24-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins looks on in the closing seconds of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Suh has no issue with Colin Kaepernick’s controversial stance. (Getty Images) (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/File)

“You’ve got to respect the man’s opinion, as well as his actions. I definitely understand where he’s coming from in choosing to do what he did. I think it’s an individual choice. At the same time, I think it’s a duty of ours as leaders, especially with young kids, to make a good, proper announcement if we feel the need to, and I think that’s what he’s doing. I support him in that.” Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a a call at the end of the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a a call at the end of the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore/File)

“I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action.” — Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014. Harbaugh later said on Twitter , “I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.”

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“Voltaire so eloquently stated, ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend it until death your right to say it.’ That’s a principle that our country is founded on. I don’t think you cannot deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anybody else’s opinion.” — John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens head coach and Jim Harbaugh’s brother, to ESPN .

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Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) comes in behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) as he gets a pass away in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. New Orleans won 35-32.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) comes in behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) as he gets a pass away in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. New Orleans won 35-32.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

“I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree. Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.” — Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, to ESPN .

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In this June 12, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman yells during an NFL organized team activity football practice in Renton, Wash. Where he’s gone from being largely overlooked coming out of Stanford, to being one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. There isn’t much of a middle ground with Sherman. He’s either loved for a style that borders on cockiness, or he’s despised for the same reason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

In this June 12, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman yells during an NFL organized team activity football practice in Renton, Wash. Where he’s gone from being largely overlooked coming out of Stanford, to being one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. There isn’t much of a middle ground with Sherman. He’s either loved for a style that borders on cockiness, or he’s despised for the same reason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

“There is some depth and some truth to what he was doing. I think he could have picked a better platform and a better way to do it, but every day they say athletes are so robotic and do everything by the book and then when somebody takes a stand like that, he gets his head chopped off.” — Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, at a Monday press conference.

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“All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.” — Jerry Rice, former 49ers wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer, on Twitter .

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