Things got ugly on Sunday after Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton used social media to condemn four Miami Dolphins players who took a knee during the national anthem.
It was the latest in a string of protests against racial oppression started last month by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, Marcus Peters raised his fist as the Chiefs linked arms in a show of solidarity during the national anthem.
Upton wrote on Instagram that what the Dolphins players did was “a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country.”
She also sounded off on Twitter, where in a series of somewhat confusing and conflicting tweets she said the players’ actions were more horrific because they happened on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Barstool Sports called it a “social media meltdown.”
Upton, who is engaged to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, received some support for her opinion but mostly suffered a torrential backlash that spilled over into Monday.
Some of it got personal, as in “Kate who?”