Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem as a stance against violence and racism in America late last month paved the way for several NFL players to follow suit.
On Sunday, as part of the NFL's Kickoff Weekend to the 2016 season, players did everything from interlocking their arms during the national anthem to raising their fists during and after the song.
But it was the four Miami Dolphins' players who took a knee during the national anthem, and the response it triggered from one supermodel, that set social media off Sunday, which happened to be 9/11.
When the Dolphins' Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills kneeled in support of Kaepernick via their own silent protest against racial injustice, Kate Upton took to her Instagram account and labeled them a "disgrace," calling their gesture on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 "horrific."
Take a look at her full comments.
Although she blasted the Dolphins' players who took a knee during the national anthem, she seemed to applaud the Seattle Seahawks' interlocking their arms during the "Star Spangled Banner" in what social media deemed was a more politically correct stance. Some even called it an All Lives Matter gesture.
Upton re-posted the Seahawks' IG post.
But within minutes of blasting the Dolphins, Upton proceeded to get ripped by social media with zero chill.
And the roasting of Upton wasn't only relegated to NFL fans. The co-host of ESPN's His and Hers, Jemele Hill, bashed the supermodel quickly.
Miko Grimes, who is married to Brent Grimes, a former player for the Dolphins and now balls for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, went off on the supermodel as well.
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Fellow supermodel Jessica White also had to break things down for Kate.
While social media has spoken for and against Upton's beliefs, we wonder what the Dolphins' players themselves think about the criticism?
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