Jay-Z Shows Support for Kaepernick During 'SNL' Performance

Rapper Jay-Z kicked off "Saturday Night Live's" new season as its musical guest, and paid homage to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his performance.

While performing "Bam" with Damian Marley, Jay-Z wore a black football jersey with Kaepernick's number, seven, and "Colin K" emblazoned on the back in white letters.

Kaepernick protested the national anthem during the 2016 season. He said he was "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Jay-Z's jersey choice was a nod to the football player's decision to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" last season, coming a week after President Donald Trump criticized the move.

Trump criticized protests during the national anthem and called on NFL owners to fire any "son of a b----" who does not stand for the anthem. 

Trump's inflammatory remarks led to a league-wide response from players and owners last week.

See It: NFL Players Protest After Trump's Criticism Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (97) and Atlanta Falcons tackle Dontari Poe (92) kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions on Sept. 24, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images