Carolina Panthers Owner Defends Players Kneeling David Tepper believes it is "dead wrong" to call players who protest unpatriotic. David Tepper, to 'CNBC' The wave of protests began after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting racial inequality and police brutality in 2016. Tepper said it's about "justice for all." David Tepper, to 'CNBC' David Tepper, to 'CNBC' Only a handful of players protested during the NFL regular season kickoff weekend. Tepper also highlighted beyond the protests, players have made efforts off the field through programs in communities. David Tepper, to 'CNBC' David Tepper, to 'CNBC'