Look: Dolphins' Fans Slam Kate Upton for Criticizing the Team's National Anthem Protest

Kate Upton, Miami Dolphins

Look: Dolphins' Fans Slam Kate Upton for Criticizing the Team's National Anthem Protest

The supermodel, however, approved of the Seahawks' stance.

Published September 12, 2016

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 FosterMichael ThomasJelani 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.

In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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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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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo from left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaa, James Walker via Twitter)


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