“Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!” the pop star wrote on Twitter Sunday night (Feb. 7), in the middle of the game.
Carey’s words seemingly found ample support from her fans, based on the comments on her post. The tweet was her only one of the weekend, as of Sunday night.
Former NFL star Kaepernick last played in 2016, for the San Francisco 49ers, when he kneeled during the pre-game national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.
Five years later, ahead of the 2021 Super Bowl, on Thursday NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about the quarterback and activist, telling reporters that he deserved “our recognition” and “our appreciation” for challenging systemic racism.
Carey has shared her support of Kaepernick in the past. In 2018, she posted an Instagram photo of herself meeting him, to mixed reactions. “Such an honor,” she captioned their snapshot.
Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) February 8, 2021