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49ers don’t know how many players may join Kaepernick, Reid

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shakes hands with fans after the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-21 during an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) AP

As the 49ers prepare to launch the regular season with a home game against the Rams, the biggest pregame question relates to whether other San Francisco players will join quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid in not standing for the national anthem.

It simply doesn’t matter to the 49ers.

As one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told PFT, the approach has been to let players choose what they want to do, with no effort to determine ahead of time whether they will or won’t stand for the national anthem. The team stated its position from the outset of the controversy that emerged 17 days ago; it simply doesn’t matter to the organization whether others join Kaepernick and Reid.

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36 Responses to “49ers don’t know how many players may join Kaepernick, Reid”
  1. rcali says: Sep 12, 2016 9:01 PM

    The #2 QB got rid of his Rachel Dolezal hair cut.

  2. browns2014man says: Sep 12, 2016 9:04 PM

    Sounds good, let the inmates run the asylum.

  3. bengalsofthenorth says: Sep 12, 2016 9:05 PM

    It is laughable that none of this is concerning or affecting the organization.

    If half of your team demonstrates their complete ignorance by performing an ill-advised protest then there will be a problem.

    Frankly if there is NOT a problem then the entire idea of team unity and coming together will turn out to be one of the most over-rated concepts in sports history.

  4. deneb1973 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:07 PM

    In order to police the image of the NFL, it must have records indicating the endorsements each player has signed. I propose that the NFL publish the names of the sponsors of each of the players (after all, that is the purpose of the endorsements so it cannot be a First Amendment violation). Once the sponsors are identified the fans and overall general public can express their feelings about the public faces of the corporations. Wanna bet what happens?

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 12, 2016 9:08 PM

    Al Michaels mentioned all of the Steelers players were standing during the anthem to honor their teammate–Alejandro Villanueva. That dude was an infantry Captain and Army Ranger and served a few combat tours, winning the Bronze Star. I care more about that than some clueless scrub with the mind of a child.

  6. tim2200 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:09 PM

    …..as if it matters in ANY way.

  7. flavordave says: Sep 12, 2016 9:09 PM

    Way to make everything about him. And please, can anybody fully explain what “social injustice” he is protesting?

  8. catquick says: Sep 12, 2016 9:10 PM

    This is inherently racist. No concern for problems occuring to caucasion citizens. Reverse it and the media would attack en masse. Believe thst.

  9. flavordave says: Sep 12, 2016 9:14 PM

    I can’t even believe that players are now throwing up Black Power fists into the air. How is this not racism? Black power is a panther sign that is a racist organization no different then the triple K.

    Listen man, this nonsense needs to stop. We either all come together or we all fall apart further.

  10. charger383 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:17 PM

    may the fleas of a thousand camels infest their armpits

  11. dukeblue12 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:18 PM

    @catquick,

    You can’t even spell Caucasian correctly. Sit down, sir.

  12. 49erlifer says: Sep 12, 2016 9:21 PM

    Kap is all about himself! From the moment he realized he was not gonna win the starting job he all the sudden can’t stand for the anthem I hate the guy because he would rather do this stuff then study tape and get better. Honestly Trent Baalke should trade him for a dozen footballs although I’m sure no one would bite. All lives matter not just Black ones people! Latinos are treated the same trust me

  13. amplewor says: Sep 12, 2016 9:26 PM

    These bleeps should continue doing this. Then what? What would it have accomplished? What positive results? It’ll become a ho hum exercise. All while hundreds and hundreds of blacks are shot dead by blacks and not a whisper out of them.

  14. cabosan1978 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:34 PM

    You are at work entertaining us. Save the protest for your own free time. I am not a NFL fan to hear players opinions.

  15. allseeingone says: Sep 12, 2016 9:42 PM

    It’s a real shame that the team of Montana, Rice, Steve Young, Roger Craig, Dwight Clark and many other all time greats is now known as the Least Patriotic NFL Team.

  16. jjfootball says: Sep 12, 2016 9:50 PM

    AS IF THE DUDE WASN’T GOOFY LOOKING ALREADY, NOW HE’S GOT THAT STUPID FRO TOO!

  17. jetblackninja says: Sep 12, 2016 9:51 PM

    Backup QB and his Kardashian wanna be girlfriend trying real hard to line up a reality show gig.

    Nothing to see here.

  18. suncawy says: Sep 12, 2016 9:51 PM

    So, its been a few weeks since this whole thing started, what exactly has been accomplished ? He gave some money, but anything else ? Like Tony Dungy said “what are going to do about it ?”

  19. jw619 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:01 PM

    No one cares about about a back up qb with a haircut…

  20. ariani1985 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:01 PM

    And the Seattle seaturds are burning flags before games!

  21. piis314 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:02 PM

    I won’t know how many players will join Kap either since I won’t watch any of their games.

  22. spitfisher says: Sep 12, 2016 10:06 PM

    The tail does wag the dog

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 12, 2016 10:06 PM

    That whole thing jumped the shark.
    Nobody cares anymore except for the media.
    It would have died already if the media hadn’t kept us updated with hourly breathless reports.
    Let it die.

  24. jchipwood says: Sep 12, 2016 10:18 PM

    Can’t wait till the media gets tired of this crap. ESPN…….what a crap station. Too bad you have to watch it to watch football.

  25. nole53 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:18 PM

    WHO CARES???

    If there are people out there that are truly offended by these players exercising their right to peaceful protest than it is those people whose priorities are out of whack.

    You may not like what they’re doing, but they have the right to do it.

    What is truly disgusting is the Police unions that continue to threaten a strike when people exercise their rights. I didn’t know that the police now only protect those who agree with them.

    Oh, and by the way–the protests are succeeding as is evidenced by the continued discussion of them.

  26. hooterdawg says: Sep 12, 2016 10:19 PM

    Look for the two Rams who gave the black panthers ‘gloved fist’ salute during the MNF anthem to be unwelcome in their new Los Angeles home.

  27. bmacwillconn says: Sep 12, 2016 10:22 PM

    Two clowns kneel out of well over 150 sideline people who stand in respect, and ESPN can’t take the camera off them. ESPN is disgraceful.

    Problem is not a single white person, teammate or otherwise seems to support them. Guess this is how liberal progressives “bring people together”

  28. pft264 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:24 PM

    While Kaepernick is kneeling during the national anthem, can someone take a flag & shove it down his throat?

  29. bonesawisready says: Sep 12, 2016 10:24 PM

    Well the guys yelling at Kaep during the anthem (which is far more disrespectful than what Kaep is doing) seem to care.

  30. laces out says: Sep 12, 2016 10:33 PM

    Kaepernik is smart. Scummy but smart. Notice he had no problem standing during the riots and demonstrations, but suddenly during times of peace, when his roster spot was about to be cut, he became a SJW? Of course there’s no way the Niners would risk the bad PR by cutting him after. His timing was no coincidence and he was smart, by doing that, he kept his spot and his gigantic dollar contract for at least another year.

  31. ksctychiefs says: Sep 12, 2016 10:33 PM

    love MNF but wont be watching the rams-9ers game tonight ……because i’m sitting it out…..

  32. rohinaz says: Sep 12, 2016 10:55 PM

    What’s in the water in California that turns people into disrespectful, anti American, ignorant racists that have nothing to do but blame everyone else for their problems.

  33. joenash72 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:50 PM

    Jed York deserves Colin KaepernickšŸ˜‰

  34. duce000 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:59 PM

    Nice to know who the ppl who comment on here are. I mean really wow.

    We have to stand for the national anthem?

    So if I don’t want to stand for the anthem because I think the government is a bunch of corrupt criminals and America is just one big business run by billionaires that’s a problem? Serious question. Is that a problem?

    What if it’s because of my religious beliefs? What if I’m a jehovas witness? Do I get this criticism for not standing? Or am I not allowed to play in the nfl?

  35. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 13, 2016 12:34 AM

    Guess I quit caring about the 9rs when they let this clipboard holder run the team…

    Look, you want to accomplish something. Then stand, pay respect to everyone that lost their lives on 9/11. Which this is opening weekend and yesterday was 9/11. You know what colin? There were Blacks, Whites, Yellow, Brown, Purple, Red, and little Green men that died on that tragic day! And yet, you seem to have absolutely no respect to them, to the flag, to what the flag stands for, the freedom, the liberties it gives us. You have no respect for the men and women who have given their lives to protect that, to protect you, me, and the people down the street!

    Kneeling during the national anthem, while some may agree with you, and are happy you took a stance, others have more animosity towards you now! Yes, I’m a cracker! (or so people would say), but you know what, I agree, something needs to be done. Problem is, until people try to work together, and respect everyone else, and do things the right way, nothing will get done, and every step someone tries to take, brings it even further apart. Especially when you can easily see so many people are taking issue with the way your trying to deliver your message. It’s not your message people don’t like. It’s your deliverance!

    Maybe you need to work with a group of people that helps to get your message out there. Get a group together, I don’t know. Find people of all nationalities, and send them around the country to spread your message. Show how people from every race, color, religion, whatever, how they can work together, side by side, without fear of resentment towards one another, to show this country, and the world that no matter what the skin color or whatever, we can all work together and come out stronger. What this would be, I have no clue, but use positivity, use the fact that your an NFL player in a positive way. Use it to form an alliance of people that can work together to spread this message in a positive way.

    On second thought… hold that! Colin, you just keep doing what your doing. Because to me, I could care less. Your a nobody, a nothing, your a joke. I’d love to sit and listen to someone IMPORTANT like MLK. Look up photos of him online. There’s numerous pictures of him, standing, speaking to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. And there’s a lot of pictures with the flag in them! I bet that man didn’t disrespect the flag or national anthem!

  36. txmidnite says: Sep 13, 2016 1:32 AM

    NFL Doesn’t Know How Many Fans Will Tune Out 49ers MNF Game.

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