Virginia Cavaliers

Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest is not going away any time soon. On Thursday night, college basketball got into the picture.

University of Virginia players knelt together on the court in Charlottesville, and senior London Perrantes and junior Marial Shayok posted photos to social media.

The expanding of national anthem protests from the pro level to the college level is becoming a touchy subject. While pros are paid to play, collegiate student-athletes are amateurs, who are subject to a scholarship. One week ago, a group of Nebraska players were attacked on social media for kneeling during at a game at Northwestern.

The decision by players from Virginia is especially interesting, considering last season, rival Virginia Tech "disrespected" the national anthem, and head coach Buzz Williams brought in veterans to teach his team a lesson.

The Cavaliers' demonstration is a reminder that basketball season is near. At the pro level, Adam Silver's NBA has been considerably more liberal than Roger Goodell's NFL. With the NBA preseason starting Saturday, a new chapter to these protests may begin.

-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.