Imagine two of the major American values collide: freedom of speech versus patriotism. Football icon Colin Kaepernick got a firsthand experience of this clash. In 2016, a simple gesture turned him into the most polarizing athlete of our times. When the crowd stood up for "The star-spangled Banner" before an NFL football game, he instead took a knee. It was the kickoff for a serious political crisis in the US. And it started a movement that made Colin Kaepernick world famous. "The Price of Protest" features companions like Kaepernick's college football coach Chris Ault, famous athletes like French soccer star Lilian Thuram, and well-versed experts like German football commentator Patrick Esume. The documentary travels to the place where Kaepernick grew up, it explores the views of fans as well as political journalists and sports reporters. It tells the story of the scandal that made Kaepernick the most hated and most worshipped athlete in the world, but it also tells the life story of the quarterback.