Kaepernick jersey used as doormat at League City cigar shop

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LEAGUE CITY, Texas — They’re not standing by his protest, so they’ve decided to stand on his jersey instead.

A League City cigar shop is gaining some social media traction over its new doormat: a Colin Kaepernick jersey.

The Man Cave Cigar Lounge visitors have been wiping their feet on the backup quarterback’s number since Sept. 2 when a customer first brought the jersey to the establishment.

“It just got kicked around a lot,” Jim Herndon said. “So we just decided, we’ll just tape it down and kinda just stuck. Literally, it stuck to the sidewalk. It stuck and it’s gone viral online.”

The jersey was placed at the lounge’s doorstep in response to Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. During Monday night’s game, the San Francisco quarterback was joined by teammate Eric Reid in kneeling down during the Star Spangled Banner, while the Rams’ Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn stood with their fist in the air.

Fourteen other NFL players have also joined the protest.

Some at the barber shop next door to The Man Cave also support Kaepernick’s protest.

“I think it has to be done,” barber Matthew Moreno said. “Americans have to speak up about certain situations.”

It’s just not appropriate for the gridiron, according to some folks.

“He’s got the right to do what he wants to do, and I applaud him for that,” Erwin Seroka said. “But I think there’s a time and a place to do it, and not on the NFL. He needs to do it on his own free time.”

While some will continue to protest with their knees or their fists, The Man Cave will just let their feet do the talking.

Herndon agrees, “There’s all kinds of ways to talk about the injustices going on in this nation and in the world. But that was his idea; this is us.”