Kaepernick faced criticism for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem as a protest of police brutality against black men during the 2016 season. He has not played since 2017 and has accused NFL team owners of conspiring to keep him off the field.
Williams expressed disappointment about his mural being torn down in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. About six months ago, a fire ravaged the building, but the wall remained intact. He said he had recently touched up the paint in anticipation of the Super Bowl.
“Symbols matter man,” he said. “You destroyed the whole building it was on? If I were an interpreter of performance art, what message would you take from that?”
The artist himself painted a new mural Sunday at 400 Northside Drive. Krog Street Market, a popular Atlanta destination for street artists, was also the site of new Kaepernick tributes.