Alvin Kamara wears 'Make Africa Home Again' hat, Colin Kaepernick jersey in Saints locker room

Monday night in the NFL was all about Drew Brees’ record-setting statement on the field.

In the victorious locker room, running back Alvin Kamara had his own powerful message.

Alvin Kamara takes on Trump, props up Kaepernick

The New Orleans Saints running back stepped out for interviews after a win over the Washington Redskins wearing a San Francisco 49ers jersey and a hat reading “Make Africa Home Again,” posing for an image shared by The New Orleans Times Picayune’s Josh Katzenstein.

Why the 49ers jersey? It was a Colin Kaepernick jersey, of course.

In a season where sideline protests of social injustice during the national anthem have been fewer alongside dampened controversy over the subject, Kamara’s is one of the most powerful statements yet.

Kamara’s statement follows Eric Reid’s

It comes on the same week that Eric Reid returned to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and took a knee during the anthem. Reid was a teammate of Kaepernick’s in San Francisco and the first player to join his quarterback in kneeling during the anthem.

A 26-year-old safety who started 69 of his 70 career games with the 49ers, Reid had trouble finding a job in the wake of the anthem controversy.

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KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 28: Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers gains yardage against the Vanderbilt Commodores in a game at Neyland Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Murphy-Racey/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 1: Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara at the podium during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Running back Alvin Kamara of Tennessee in action during day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
METAIRIE, LA - AUGUST 23: New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) works out during Training Camp on August 23, 2017, at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, LA.(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs the ball out of the end zone during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-19.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints stretches before the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on November 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 19: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints holds up AirHead candies after his team defeated the Washington Redskins during a NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04: Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the first half of a game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 17: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after playing the New York Jets at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 17: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the New York Jets at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints, Marshon Lattimore #23 and Michael Thomas #13 celebrate after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31: New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs left during the second half of an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 31, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Bucs defeated the Saints 31-24. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the sideling during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL Player Alvin Kamara attends the NFL Honors at University of Minnesota on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - APRIL 21: Former Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara attending the Tennessee spring game on April 21, 2018, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
METAIRIE, LA. - JULY 28: New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) talks to the players before New Orleans Saints training camp practice on July 28, 2018 at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Alvin Kamara performs onstage at The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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About that hat

Kamara’s bright red hat obviously wasn’t just to match his jersey, but to take on the “Make America Great Again” hats popular among supporters of President Donald Trump.

Trump has bullied protesting players and pressured owners to punish those who kneel, famously urging owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field.”

Issues haven’t disappeared with exciting NFL start

While the storylines of the NFL so far this season have centered around officiating controversies and soaring offenses, the underlying issues surrounding the social justice protests are still teeming.

Kamara’s post-game attire Monday is a stark reminder that those issues that sparked Kaepernick to kneel in the first place haven’t gone away just because the NFL season is off to an exciting start.

As long as Trump is still president, Kaepernick doesn’t have a job and social injustice exists in the United States, athletes will be inspired to use their platforms to raise their voices.

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Jason Owens is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter.

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