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Eli Harold slams Trent Dilfer for his Kaepernick comments

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The debut of the new Sunday NFL Countdown featured factual misstatements regarding the rules and goofy hyperbole (Charles Woodson thinks Terrelle Pryor will generate 1,800 receiving yards this year) and some surprisingly strong comments from an ESPN analyst with a clear connection to the 49ers.

“No matter how passionate you are, no matter how much of a burden you have for a social issue, you don’t let it get in the way of the team,” Trent Dilfer said, via 49erswebzone.com. “And the big thing that hit me through all of this was this is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week One. Yet, he chose a time when he became the center of attention. And it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction and torn the fabric of the team.

“Although I respect what he’s doing and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue, I do not respect the fact that he put himself and his stance above the team because he’s not the only one who’s passionate about big social issues.”

Dilfer’s words drew a dirty look from colleague Randy Moss and a public rebuke from 49ers linebacker Eli Harold, who told Dilfer that he “is an idiot” and that he “really pissed me off” on Twitter.

Dilfer’s words don’t represent the random views of someone with no link to the team. Earlier this year, when he was looking for work beyond ESPN, rumors emerged of Dilfer possibly going to work for the 49ers. And for good reason.

As noted by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Dilfer possibly was sharing the views of 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke.

He’s carrying Baalke’s water, and Baalke is increasingly alone in that franchise, so maybe Baalke’s people are getting more desperate,” Kawakami writes, pointing out that Dilfer and Baalke have gone to at least one San Jose Sharks game together and that they are long-time friends.

As one league source put it to PFT, “If Baalke is drinking water then Dilfer can’t talk.”

If Dilfer’s views mesh with Baalke’s, or if Dilfer was in any way speaking on Baalke’s behalf, it’s a glaring split from the team’s official position on Kaepernick and other players sitting or kneeling for the national anthem. At a minimum, Dilfer should have acknowledged his friendship with Baalke and pointed out these are Dilfer’s views only.

Although the disclosure would have raised eyebrows, the existing knowledge regarding the Dilfer-Baalke friendship raises them even higher, especially without Dilfer revealing the link and explaining that it had no influence over his words.

As it stands, it’s fair to wonder whether Baalke’s information and opinions come from his friend. Given that Dilfer knows Baalke, it’s fair to conclude that Baalke wouldn’t have made such strong comments without first running them by Baalke.

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85 Responses to “Eli Harold slams Trent Dilfer for his Kaepernick comments”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:59 PM

    I thought Obama told all of us that social injustice would be mute by the time he’s out of office. I can’t think of a worse inditement of his presidency than for people to sit at the singing of the anthem.

    Remember the Cowboys can’t wear police stickers, way to help fan the fire, Goodell.

  2. aopps42 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:03 PM

    Baalke has proven himself to be one of the worst GM’s in football. From perennial NFC championship contender to worst 2 or 3 teams in the league, a GM should never be able to drive away a competent let alone excellent coach in a league filled with mediocre ones.

  3. lbcoach34 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:03 PM

    football analysts – ought best to steer clear of major social issues…just stick to the x’s and o’s….the subject is to polarizing, and way bigger than football (way bigger than the “team”)…

  4. firerogergoodell says: Sep 12, 2016 3:04 PM

    This might be a divided issue but 100% of us can agree that Trent Dilfer is an idiot.

  5. JSpicoli says: Sep 12, 2016 3:07 PM

    I would then like to slam Harold, whoever that is.

  6. jjackwagon says: Sep 12, 2016 3:08 PM

    it’s fair to conclude that Baalke wouldn’t have made such strong comments without first running them by Baalke.

    Huh??

  7. jjackwagon says: Sep 12, 2016 3:09 PM

    football analysts & players – ought best to steer clear of major social issues…just stick to the x’s and o’s….the subject is to polarizing, and way bigger than football (way bigger than the “team”)…

  8. scoreatwill says: Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    so Eli let me understand what you are saying: it is okay for Colin to speak out but not Trent? All of us have a right to speak out, regardless of weather you agree or not.

  9. truthfactory says: Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    When it comes time for contract talks… athletes want to say “this is business”. And then when someone comments about Kap shouldn’t mix his social viewpoints while at work representing his company, well then you take offense to that??

    If they want to preach that “it’s a business” when in contract negotiations, then act like it’s a business in regards to everything else too… not just when it suits you. Do people go to their JOBS and start protesting for social justice? No, that is ridiculous.

    If you want to make a social statement, do it on your own time or at the ESPY’s or something… but don’t do it AT WORK and cause a distraction to your company who pays you to play football.

  10. heisthejuan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:12 PM

    Unquestioning and unwavering support of a symbol of nationalism, while wanting punishment for those who don’t fall in line…

    A very popular line of thinking in late 1930s Germany.

  11. Hawknballs says: Sep 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    Dilfer is lucky he was carried by teams long enough to have an NFL career to speak of. I’m not sure how he continues to get analyst jobs. He’s about as good at that as he was at NFL quarterback- mediocre on his best day.

  12. maiphatdong says: Sep 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    enough of this crap, I’m starting to lose interest in the 2016 season, football is suppose to be fun.

  13. bryn987 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    Yes, Dilfer should keep quite.

  14. bigotshamer says: Sep 12, 2016 3:14 PM

    Peaceful protest is an indictment of Obama’s presidency? Huh?

  15. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 12, 2016 3:15 PM

    “The New England Patriots let’s face it they’re not good anymore!”
    — Trent Dilfer in 2014 talking about the soon to be 2014 Super Bowl Champion Patriots
    🙂

  16. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    Dilfer, you are an idiot. Yeah, give your team all you time and thought while your fellow man is being gunned down in the street. Wake up, man, these are human beings with feelings and heart they have every right to express themselves. Of course, being a white male what would you know about what our communities of color are experiencing.

  17. scrap7681 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    Stay away from these games. No sellouts=TV blackouts. Hit them where it hurts, loss of revenue. This is out of control. We The People can put an end to this. It’ll only take a few games before they realize who needs who, wake up, we can do this. United We Stand!

  18. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 3:20 PM

    Hey, truthfactory,

    Lives are more important and take precedence over contract etiquette.

  19. cabosan1978 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:26 PM

    Well . . . Dilfer is 100% correct. Do your protest outside of your job.

  20. troy43mvp says: Sep 12, 2016 3:28 PM

    He was a starting QB a back up a teammate he has been on good teams and bad teams. He sounds like he is speaking from experience to me. To say that he is speaking on behalf of the G.M. without evidence is guilt by association at best. I guess this guy’s opinion isn’t recognized because of “white privilege “. If he were black and said these things nobody says a thing about it nor has a problem with the opinion.

  21. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 12, 2016 3:29 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 2:59 PM

    I thought Obama told all of us that social injustice would be mute by the time he’s out of office. I can’t think of a worse inditement of his presidency than for people to sit at the singing of the anthem.
    *******************************************

    I would think going to war under false pretenses would be a better INDICTMENT. No one said ‘social injustice would be mute’ because that statement is asinine. If someone sitting down offends you, you are looking to be offended. Grow some thicker skin.

  22. edog1982 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:33 PM

    So when anyone disagrees with kapernick hes a idiot or a racist or ignorant. Dilfer has a right to free speech just like all the kaepernick supportes say

  23. favresweiner says: Sep 12, 2016 3:33 PM

    White people have never experienced true racism, so they really dont understand what the African American community has been goi g through.

  24. dmartin17 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:37 PM

    “I thought Obama told all of us that social injustice would be mute by the time he’s out of office. I can’t think of a worse inditement of his presidency than for people to sit at the singing of the anthem.”

    I love that this guy doesn’t let facts slow him down!

  25. thermalito says: Sep 12, 2016 3:40 PM

    Dilfer’s comments were RIGHT ON THE MONEY. Screw Eli Harold and the entire Santa Clara York Niner organization. I burned all my 49ers gear after Krapperstink’s self centered antics and will never root for that miserable franchise again. I tune into the NFL to have a break from the daily stresses of life, not to be berated with the obnoxious political views of a fading backup QB.

  26. billjoseph2014 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:44 PM

    I can’t believe all the crap I’m hearing from other football players who support this no-talent has been. Kaepernick is/was out of line to try and make a cause he “believes” in the cause of the team. Dilfer is right . . . . . . football is a team sport and you need to support the team, not one individual’s current cause. If this means so much to him, I would like to hear more about what he is doing, away from football, to help correct the situation.

  27. hollywood26 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:47 PM

    People saying that these athletes should choose a better forum or that they don’t face the issues they are protesting about lack perspective. You can be a million dollar dude but to the police you stole that car quite often. Money doesn’t protect you

  28. catquick says: Sep 12, 2016 3:48 PM

    Progressive America. Contrary opinions not accepted.

  29. factschecker says: Sep 12, 2016 3:51 PM

    Watching football this weekend….

    LOL! at all the players and fans looking around during the National Anthem to see what other players and people are doing during the National Anthem.

    We are a dysfunctional bunch.
    Murcia.

  30. mmack66 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:54 PM

    scoreatwill says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    so scoreatwill let me understand what you are saying: it is okay for Trent to speak out but not Eli? All of us have a right to speak out, regardless of weather you agree or not.

  31. thermalito says: Sep 12, 2016 3:58 PM

    hollywood26: Yes they should choose a better forum. Disrespecting the flag and national anthem is far more likely to turn people against your cause than make anyone have sympathy for it. Fact is most of these “protesters” aren’t interested in having a dialogue or changing anything, they just want to lash out and insult people.
    Money doesn’t protect you? What a steaming load of crap. Just ask anyone who’s ever had to use a public defender. Most people would trade places in a hot second for millions of dollars with the occasional inconvenience. These players are obnoxious, self centered jerks doing more damage to their phony cause built on false pretenses than anything else

  32. riceisgoat says: Sep 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    /usconstitutionreinvented says:
    Dilfer, you are an idiot. Yeah, give your team all you time and thought while your fellow man is being gunned down in the street. Wake up, man, these are human beings with feelings and heart they have every right to express themselves. Of course, being a white male what would you know about what our communities of color are experiencing.
    —————————————————————————–
    By using your logic, what do people of color know about being a white police officer patrolling in black neighborhoods?? It cuts both ways. Try to be more objective next time and not so racist.

  33. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    to edog1982,
    it’s the implication that football is more important than innocent people dying.

    and, to you, dmartin17

    one response to your ill informed statement:
    Republican Congress.

  34. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 12, 2016 4:00 PM

    Tell Eli whoever that kap his his right and people have their right to comment on it

  35. realqc says: Sep 12, 2016 4:00 PM

    Dilfer is an idiot….. But so are the players protesting the honoring of the International Symbol of Freedom from Oppression (aka The American Flag) to make a statement about oppression. How about sifting thru the pool of politicians and finding the ones that actually care about people’s rights and what the flag stands for and voting for them. How about spending your money to support good people trying to make a difference in this country. You wonder why things are going “downhill” in this country….start with the people you put up on pedestals who could give 2 craps about what the majority of Americans think. Celebrities, politicians, athletes, musicians do not speak for me. How about opening your mind to wisdom you can only get in One Place to clear your head and heart from those things controlling your negative thinking.

  36. muckey says: Sep 12, 2016 4:01 PM

    The amount of time and energy that has gone into this whole situation is disgusting. Football has gone from sport to drama. It is now a man’s soap opera. There is more time spent on “off the field” things than “on the field” things. Everybody now has a cause and if anybody disagrees with it, they are stupid.

    This whole thing started because one player sits during the National Anthem to protest something he believes in. Then an entire nation gets in an uproar because it’s disrespectful. I wonder how many of these people at home in their living rooms and comfy recliners stand up when the National Anthem is being played? Probably less than 1%. How’s that not disrespectful? It’s more ok to sit out of laziness than to protest something?

    Seems like people are more angry about why he was sitting down rather than him actually sitting down.

  37. rdrs68 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:01 PM

    Dilfer is a Jesus freak so no surprise he is spouting right wing talking points. Wonder how he feels about about Jed York promising to contribute an equal amount of money to Kapernick’s cause?

  38. rcali says: Sep 12, 2016 4:05 PM

    Dilfer, long NFL career with a Super Bowl and a solid post football career. Krap will be out of the league soon as his focus is on other things. One guy very successful, the other is heading in the wrong direction.

  39. meditatingamigo says: Sep 12, 2016 4:06 PM

    Personally, I wish they would discontinue the singing/playing of the anthem before games. It doesn’t add anything to the game experience.

  40. tonebones says: Sep 12, 2016 4:06 PM

    Gee whiz Colin don’t you know, football is more important than innocent people getting killed in the streets. Get you priorities straight.

  41. riceisgoat says: Sep 12, 2016 4:07 PM

    /favresweiner says:

    White people have never experienced true racism, so they really dont understand what the African American community has been goi g through.
    —————————————————
    So, it’s racism that causes 73% of black children to be born out of wedlock?? When the black men choose to become fathers to their own children is when the black communities will prosper and that has nothing to do with racism or police brutality. When there are more black males in prison then there are in college, that’s where the true problem is. Quit trying to blame the black communities problems on other races and start taking responsibility for your own communities problems. Being a victim has never solved anything. Kaepernick is quick to blame the police, but his own dad abandon him. Why doesn’t he address the real issue facing the black community? The police are the least of your problems.

  42. muckey says: Sep 12, 2016 4:09 PM

    realqc says:
    Sep 12, 2016 4:00 PM
    Dilfer is an idiot….. But so are the players protesting the honoring of the International Symbol of Freedom from Oppression (aka The American Flag) to make a statement about oppression. How about sifting thru the pool of politicians and finding the ones that actually care about people’s rights and what the flag stands for and voting for them. How about spending your money to support good people trying to make a difference in this country. You wonder why things are going “downhill” in this country….start with the people you put up on pedestals who could give 2 craps about what the majority of Americans think. Celebrities, politicians, athletes, musicians do not speak for me. How about opening your mind to wisdom you can only get in One Place to clear your head and heart from those things controlling your negative thinking.

    ——————————————————
    Damn, you dropped that knowledge. Great comment.

  43. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 4:12 PM

    I am a white woman who grew up in the Compton/Carson area. I know all about police good and bad ( and there is plenty of both.) Innocent black men, women and children are being gunned down in our ‘free’ country and justice isn’t being served. Just because you are a police officer doesn’t mean you can randomly kill someone not like you. A white man in a public place killed two people and then was doing a good job of chewing anothers’ face off ( and there is no doubt that this person had all ready killed two others near by ) was, somehow, captured alive while chewing said face off. This inequity has got to be faced and dealt with. As a life long sports fan ( it’s the only tv I watch ) I will give it all up if, somehow, that would bring true equality to our country.

  44. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 12, 2016 4:15 PM

    Fact: Trent Dilfer’s face is created entirely from recycled plastic.

  45. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 12, 2016 4:15 PM

    Professional ethnics do not like when others have opinions, its about free speech for them only.

  46. kingpel says: Sep 12, 2016 4:15 PM

    I was watching ESPN Countdown and shortly after this discussion about social issues began I turned the channel to their fantasy show. I want to hear about football. Period. Enough with the social commentary and whining about Goodell and player discipline.

  47. Juan says: Sep 12, 2016 4:16 PM

    Maybe Woodson had taken a hit from Randy Moss’ weed to think Pryor can accomplish such a feat. Maybe Randy gave Trent a dirty look when he realized Dilfer has a Super Bowl ring & he doesn’t. Harold may want to accomplish something in the NFL before running his mouth. Other than being just another reason to despise the 49’ers of course.

  48. heisthejuan says: Sep 12, 2016 4:17 PM

    “Quit trying to blame the black communities problems on other races and start taking responsibility for your own communities problems.”

    Slavery. Jim Crow. Redlining. The War on Drugs.

    The historical impact of those policies have a lot more to do with current problems than black people not “taking responsibility.” You’re kidding yourself if you think black people have been afforded the same opportunities as whites over the past 250 years here.

  49. thingamajig says: Sep 12, 2016 4:18 PM

    favresweiner says:

    White people have never experienced true racism, so they really dont understand what the African American community has been goi g through.

    Please explain to us the reason(s) for all the record breaking black on black killings in Chicago.

  50. riceisgoat says: Sep 12, 2016 4:24 PM

    /usconstitutionreinvented says:

    I am a white woman who grew up in the Compton/Carson area. I know all about police good and bad ( and there is plenty of both.) Innocent black men, women and children are being gunned down in our ‘free’ country and justice isn’t being served. Just because you are a police officer doesn’t mean you can randomly kill someone not like you. A white man in a public place killed two people and then was doing a good job of chewing anothers’ face off ( and there is no doubt that this person had all ready killed two others near by ) was, somehow, captured alive while chewing said face off. This inequity has got to be faced and dealt with. As a life long sports fan ( it’s the only tv I watch ) I will give it all up if, somehow, that would bring true equality to our country.
    ——————————————————
    A 1 year old child was killed, in Compton, while standing in her crib this past February from gang violence and you are arguing about police brutality?? Give me a freaking break!

  51. dreadnok89 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:28 PM

    How dare a white man call out a known jerk. Meanwhile the nfl is-70 percent black lololol. Yes so depraved. I don’t see a black population that thrives better anywhere else in the world.

  52. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 4:28 PM

    a voice of sanity in this crazy world. thanks, man, I needed that.

  53. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 12, 2016 4:36 PM

    Why don’t black lives matter when one African American shoots another?

  54. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 4:45 PM

    Those who could show the caring communities don’t. They’ll will highlight the lack of caring instead.I know this because I have lived in poor communities where violence was a daily occurrence. ” black, brown, yellow, white we are precious in his sight..” people, everyday, in those communities are out there trying to help their broken neighbors, friends and acquaintances. Does anybody come in to report their goodness? No.

  55. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 12, 2016 4:51 PM

    Everyday I wake up to find the world has gone even more mad. I was having a discussion with a friend of over thirty years on this topic, whom I respect immensely. He’s a salt of the earth stand up guy. I even agree with him on his view on the matter to a great degree. He, as I, would like to see the protesters offer a solution. And here is were we seem to part. As often happens, those who disagree with the protesters, they quickly are off the subject of the violations suffered by minorities. Our attention spans are limited and our egos are inflated. It appears to be a matter of perspective and those who have no frame of reference are at a distinct disadvantage in the ability to see things from another point of view

  56. ti317 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:56 PM

    Is it just me, or did Colin Kaepernick sound vague and disoriented when first questioned about his sit down. His “cause” seemed to be developed on the fly to pacify the critics.
    If these players were really concerned about social justice they could start by giving up some of their money on a permanent basis to a fund to pay teachers more.
    Average NFL salary $1.9M average teacher less than $50k. If that’s not social injustice, what is?

  57. usconstitutionreinvented says: Sep 12, 2016 4:58 PM

    YES!! thank you, thank you, thank you

  58. melikefootball says: Sep 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    Once again only Blacks have the 1st Amendment rights any other race you have to be politically correct and not say the truth.

  59. rollsieboys says: Sep 12, 2016 5:11 PM

    trent dilfer is a buffoon, a failure of a quarterback, and an idiot who has no reason to speak on any topic football-wise or other.

  60. eagles512 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:13 PM

    I don’t like Dilfer but the it seems like you can’t criticize those sitting/kneeling. And the one who started it wore socks depicting cops as pigs which should have ended any credibility he had.

  61. oscarxray says: Sep 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    That photo of Dilfer sums it up.What an arrogant jerk. He talks about putting yourself above team but he did exactly that in Cleveland and cost them a game in Minnesota because he wanted to teach OC Mo Carthon a lesson on who was in charge.

  62. scrap7681 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:50 PM

    Everyone that comes to this country thrives, people are dying to come here, but certain people that are here already feel they are owed something. Land of the Free…..doesnt mean your entitled to anything, you have to work for it, not wait for handouts.

  63. cuda1234 says: Sep 12, 2016 6:05 PM

    Trent’s just saying what everyone is thinking. No surprise Randy Moss is siding with the gang-bangers. The surprise is that someone pays him to do it.

  64. lirpa63 says: Sep 12, 2016 6:31 PM

    Look, I’m no fan of Kaepernick in general. But I get what he’s doing and why. Yes, he’s a fading, moderately talented, back up QB. But rather than being self-centered, I view this as courageous…cuz he’s using what little “star power” he has left to draw attention to the issue of racial injustice in America, and in particular, the NFL. Let’s face it…Colin Kaepernick, Gap Sales Associate, in Section 312, Row N sits for the national anthem…no one blinks. I still think the guy is a tool, but maybe not as much of one now.

    68% of NFL players are African American. 83% of NFL fans are white. 100% of NFL owners are white. So really what we have is a gladiator sport, breaking the bodies of young men of colour for the entertainment and profit of white folks. This is different from slavery, how? I can’t see what Kaepernick is all upset about? Massa says the “boy” just don’t know his place. He should shut up, get in line, be grateful.

    And Dilfer…always a tool.

  65. HamburglaryInProgress says: Sep 12, 2016 7:02 PM

    Straight cash, homey.

  66. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 12, 2016 7:10 PM

    Most of my friends are wise enough not to blindly support or repeat anything I say. By the same token, if they agree with my position they would certainly defend it until the bitter end along with me. If Dilfer is attempting to be Baalk’s voice, he damn well better have instruction to do so or his blessing. Or that ain’t cool. Come to think of it neither is cool, having instruction or blessing. Dilfer seems like a guy you could have a beer with though.

  67. flandersucks says: Sep 12, 2016 8:29 PM

    Basically if you listen to Dilfer and Esiason, their message is to be subservient. If cursing were allowed on here, I’d be able to pass along my message to them

  68. orivar says: Sep 12, 2016 8:39 PM

    “Trent’s just saying what everyone is thinking. No surprise Randy Moss is siding with the gang-bangers. ”

    Except it isn’t what everybody thinks which is why there’s a divide to begin with, and of course people that you disagree with are gangbangers which also shows how out of touch with reality you are because nobody’s used that term since the nineties.

    Sony people that are intelligent know whose opinion to not pay attention to

  69. zaphod424242 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    If were Baalke I’d run everything by Baalke first too.

  70. cfos00 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:01 PM

    Randy looked like he was going to flat out murder Trent.

    Here’s the thing about protests. The people doing them get to decide how they protest. Otherwise, it’s really not much of a protest, is it? And they’re designed to make you uncomfortable and grab your attention, and hopefully get a conversation or action going. The worst thing you can do from their point of view is to ignore them. By paying attention and talking about it, it’s actually working. And Colin’s definitely not getting ignored. If the Niners or really the media wanted this to go away and were smart, they’d just let it go and move on. Anything else will have the exact opposite effect.

  71. rcali says: Sep 12, 2016 9:11 PM

    I heard how mad Moss got. He still has no concept of “Team.” I’m surprised he didn’t run off the set into the locker room.

  72. 32browns says: Sep 13, 2016 12:21 AM

    Some people on this forum have no idea what they are talking about. Everyone that I know that is black has a mother and father and a very good family. This is because we have worked very hard to earn everything that we have. Both my parents, myself and my daughter are college graduates. You have no idea of the racist environment we have had to overcome. Red-Lining, discriminatory practices, among other things we have beaten. I do not want to hear the crap about just playing the games and not standing up for social issues. Injustice is all around us, if Kap wants to speak up, let us hear what he has to say. Before you critics say I am anti police , I have taken time out to thank police officers for doing a overall good job, personally , by shaking their hands. For your information , I am black, have tremendous respect for the Armed Forces, and 41 years ago at my college basketball game , I did not stand for the National Anthem, to protest racism, the Vietnam war and woman issues. Most of my friends who did not stand , where White. Differ is a idiot, and was a game manager at best. Wake up!!!!

  73. pjrox09 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:11 AM

    Don’t disrespect the flag..keep the players in the dressing until after the national anthem is over….

  74. ti317 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:21 AM

    32browns, I bet I’m a lot older than you and I also lived elsewhere. I can say with fear of contradiction that there is no better place in the world for black people to live. Is it perfect? Of course not! But if you can tell me a country where we enjoy more freedom and opportunity and there are fewer social problems not of our making, I am willing to listen. Maybe we can emulate them.

    You want us to listen to these players but they have no real agenda. Especially Kap who started out refusing to “stand and show respect for a flag of s country that has so much injustice”. It was only after the first backlash that he started to flail around for a specific grievance. I just can’t take a person with an eighth grade grasp on life seriously.

    If these players want to make a difference, how about speaking out on the issues we can control that help to keep many of us poor? Like fatherlessness? Or getting an education? Oops they can’t really stress that. Or the carnage in our cities?

    What they are doing is cheap and easy. I think Kap was trying to buy no cut insurance by becoming the center of attention. Since he has not been able to do it with his play on the field, he chose this.

    He is warming the bench behind BLAINE GABBERT for Pete,s sake. Gabbert was the tenth best QB in Florida at best.

  75. sscl8888 says: Sep 13, 2016 9:46 AM

    Who is Harold again? Some back up lbs get press? If Hillary can lie constantly, trump be a ba food , kap an ingrate dial fer can spouse his silliness. ( see above for examples) it’s called freedom of speech which America provides. Try that in Russia, n Korea, Muslim countries, and one of the reasons people come to America for. Fools like kap should live in another country and see if they think it’s better than what we have here. Many of us lived in the ghettos and made ourselves get through and out of it as our immigrant parents told us how lucky we were compared to others. Ask the Irish, Italians japanese, Chinese and Latino grandparents. Maybe this way he assuages his being half, identity issues. ( Rodney Harrison said kap never grew up black!) yes he enjoys the freedoms if this country but should think a little ( something no one has ever accused him of being good at) ignorance can be remedied, stupid is forever!

  76. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:19 PM

    sscl8888 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:46 AM
    Who is Harold again? Some back up lbs get press?
    =========

    He starts. And even if he didn’t, his comments are not invalidated.

  77. oregonraider says: Sep 13, 2016 3:50 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:07 PM

    I would then like to slam Harold, whoever that is.

    Click on his name in the article for a Rotoworld link. Personally I’d rather not get into a slamming contest with him. LOL

  78. 32browns says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 PM

    My friend , Ti317. You are correct in many ways. We need people like you to continue this conversation. By the way, I am pretty old. I have been a Browns fan since, Milt Plum, Bobby Mitchell, BillGlass, Jim Brown and Ray Renfro. Lol

  79. nhpats says: Sep 14, 2016 9:18 AM

    rollsieboys says:
    Sep 12, 2016 5:11 PM
    trent dilfer is a buffoon, a failure of a quarterback, and an idiot who has no reason to speak on any topic football-wise or other.

    ———
    And yet he probably has more playoff wins and SB rings than your team’s QB….. What does that tell you?

  80. jonwill57 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:36 PM

    @scoreatwill says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    so Eli let me understand what you are saying: it is okay for Colin to speak out but not Trent? All of us have a right to speak out, regardless of weather you agree or not.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Actually it’s more that Dilfer’s comments regarding tearing at the fabric of the team is what’s objectionable. It apparently didn’t affect the team so far. I’m sure there’s players that disagree with Kap but Dilfer went too far with the impact on the team. Balke’s barely associated with the team at this point, so he’s probably not a reliable source.

  81. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:02 PM

    Dilfer has played in this league and has sources we dont have so his comments are not invalidated either.

    Id personally like to blame Kap for setting race relations back 40 years but many blacks have been doing that for years as it is. DOnt want Kap to get too much credit.

  82. petedutcherjr says: Sep 15, 2016 10:23 AM

    I think Trent Dilfer is right.

    You don’t fix things by insulting a nation. You want to make a statement? Put up billboards. Start an ad campaign. There are a number of ways to do it without corrupting the game with politics.

  83. packrule says: Sep 15, 2016 2:46 PM

    The 9ers should have cut sackorpick. Care for his views, don’t care that isn’t the issue. The plain and simple issue is that he chose to hang is own personel flag out on his teams time, and the NFL’s time. The media just loves it and lapped it up. Why the 9ers kept him is beyond me. I would have cut his dumb ass and though the team agreed to pay him they should have cut him and paid him to play for another team. Terrible employee.

  84. fazsha says: Sep 16, 2016 4:21 PM

    I am in favor of officers opening fire to kill if they feel their life is in danger.

    I am not in favor of them shooting to kill if their life is not in danger, e.g. they have the option of running away or getting in their squad car.

    Therefore, there are some justified killings recently, and some unjustified. Nevertheless, it is hardly enough to declare your lack of patriotism to the country. Many of the players have open forums to espress their views, such as in interviews. That’s really an opportuniy for them to get it off their chest. They can also protest after the game, similar to players kneeling to pray at the 50 after the game. This country is too great to take every grievance out on the symbol that unites us, regardless of our backgrounds.

  85. ti317 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:35 PM

    “fazsha says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:21 PM
    I am in favor of officers opening fire to kill if they feel their life is in danger.

    I am not in favor of them shooting to kill if their life is not in danger, e.g. they have the option of running away or getting in their squad car.”

    So you want cops responding to a crime to jump into their cars or run away? That is called anarchy.

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