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Kaepernick shrugs off fan criticism, threatening T-shirts

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) stands on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

Colin Kaepernick made his first start on Sunday since launching a national anthem protest that has created plenty of notoriety for the 49ers quarterback. On Sunday, he was the target of fan scrutiny.

After the game, Kaepernick was asked about a rumor that a bottle had been thrown at him.

“If they did, they don’t have very good aim,” Kaepernick told reporters, with a laugh. “I had some Bills fans come up before the game to say they support me so I think it all depends on who the person is. But at the end of the day, I’m going to continue to fight for what I’m fighting for.”

Asked whether his status as a starter gives the underlying message more weight, Kaepernick said that more weight isn’t needed.

“I think the message carries weight because people realize what’s happening and what’s going on and that it is something that needs to be addressed,” Kaepernick said. “There’s people’s lives being taken and people’s lives being affected by this on a daily basis. It is something that more and more conversations are happening that need to happen so ultimately we can address this issue and create change.”

Kaepernick wore a Muhammad Ali T-shirt to the post-game press conference. He explained the wardrobe decision after the game.

“To pay homage,” Kaepernick said. “He was someone that fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what is right for the people. And for me to have someone like that come before me, that is huge. He is
someone that helped pave the way for this to happen. What he did and what he stood for, people remember him more for that than they do as a boxer. I can’t let him die in vain; I have to try to carry that on and try to fight that same fight until we accomplish our goal.”

Regarding the T-shirts being sold outside the stadium with an image of a rifle sight trained on Kaepernick, he was asked whether he’s still getting death threats.

“No, those are rare occurrences now,” Kaepernick said. “I think for the most part, people are realizing the impact and what is going on. Like I said from the beginning, I knew the consequences of what could come from this and I was prepared for that.”

He also may have been prepared for fans to regard him an unpatriotic. But he disagrees with that perception.

“I don’t understand what is un-American about fighting for liberty and justice for everybody; for
the equality that this country says it stands for. To me, I see it as very patriotic and American to
uphold the United States to standards that it says it lives by.”

On this polarizing issue, nothing Kaepernick says will change the minds of those who believe that Kaepernick should be standing for the anthem. And nothing anyone says about Kaepernick being disrespectful in kneeling for the anthem will change the minds of those who agree with him.

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59 Responses to “Kaepernick shrugs off fan criticism, threatening T-shirts”
  1. vbe2 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    This fool will be out of the league within 3 years if he’s lucky to last that long.

    The question is, does he then go to the Middle East to join the fight against ‘the infidels’ or is he a member of a sleeper cell here?

  2. politiciansareallthesame says: Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    you have these psychopaths threatening a man for kneeling down during a song. just lol. Ray Lewis never got this much hate, and we know what he did. Hope these mentally ill, deranged fans can get some help before they actually do something to Kap.

  3. lsuzilla says: Oct 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    It’s all about him. This is the definition of a team cancer.

  4. viper0290 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM

    Mohammad Ali wasn’t even muslim, he converted to Islam to avoid the Vietnam draft. His real name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. he’s a coward

  5. lemmetalkwouldya says: Oct 16, 2016 8:23 PM

    Comparing himself to Ali???

    Don’t flatter yourself, Kaepernick. Ali took a much bigger stand; he refused to join the military. You’re just kneeling for the National Anthem.

    Ali went to JAIL for his beliefs, and lost his titles.

    What the hell have YOU risked?

    And by the way, don’t do Ali any favors, kid, he doesn’t need YOU to have not “died in vain”. Ali lived a long, respectable life, adored by millions across the globe. He doesn’t need YOU to validate his passing.

    By the way, you totally suck as a quarterback …. less “protesting”, more on-the-field producing.

  6. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:26 PM

    I want one of those shirts size XXL

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    A 27 year old female police officer Lesley Zerebny with a 4 month old baby, was murdered in Palm Springs last week by a cop hating wanna be gang banger who was a fan of Kaepernick. Along with her partner, a father of 8. The murderer John Felix expressed intent to kill cops for the sake of killing cops. His family called them to residence and he shot them through the door as they stood outside with an automatic assault rifle.

    How about that side of Kap’s “heroic stand” while wearing pig socks? Or the 7 officers butchered while gaurding right to protest by avowed BLM supporters riled up by social media? That doesn’t make Twitter Trend. Skidmark Squidward does.

  8. crackinbones says: Oct 16, 2016 8:30 PM

    politiciansareallthesame says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM
    you have these psychopaths threatening a man for kneeling down during a song. just lol. Ray Lewis never got this much hate, and we know what he did. Hope these mentally ill, deranged fans can get some help before they actually do something to Kap.
    ==============================

    BLM just fire bombed a Republican party office here in North Carolina today….psycho’s you say?

  9. ohand16 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:31 PM

    And, after all this – we can still all agree that the Steelers are pathetic

  10. dan7800 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:31 PM

    “He was someone that fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what is right for the people. ”

    — Please don’t compare yourself to someone like Ali. You’re giving yourself far too much credit.

  11. weepingjebus says: Oct 16, 2016 8:31 PM

    Thank you to the Bills for putting noted clown Colin McKaepernick in his place. Shameful player and worse person.

  12. liverpoolred04 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:32 PM

    K

  13. monarch76 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:33 PM

    This guy is the worst qb in the league. Yet he makes Millions. Maybe sf will get a clue and cut him.

  14. fwippel says: Oct 16, 2016 8:37 PM

    Meanwhile, Kaepernick put up a measly 16 points on offense, and his team got clobbered, losing their fifth straight game.

    Funny thing: those facts seem to be of little concern to Kaepernick.

  15. gonzoforbills says: Oct 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    I was at the game and saw one guy selling shirts and nobody wearing any. Sales must have been down…

    I did however see a rag-arm QB wannabe in a Kaepernick jersey make one throw against blown coverage that any high school QB could have made. Other than that he contributed little.

    And he thinks he needs to support Ali by wearing a t-shirt to give meaning to Ali’s life? Delusional…

    Keep moving, nothing to see here folks…

  16. redandgoldhitman52 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    Kaep is garbage. Overthrows and underthrows everything. Has the worst accuracy in the NFL. I don’t know why kaep got the start. He’s awful. I know gabbert is bad, but kaep is alot worse, alot worse. Kaep only completed like 10 passes out of 25 attempts. Can t wait until this clown is no longer a niner.

  17. christos99 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    The statutory suggestion of Kaepernick does not have any penalty associated with violations. 36 U.S.C. § 301.

    This behavioral requirement for the national anthem is subject to the same First Amendment controversies that surround the Pledge of Allegiance.

    My child attends a school where the Pledge of Allegiance is disallowed due to the separation of Church and State, should I pull my child out of that school?

    Those who are offended by Kaepernick are uneducated fools and morons.

  18. campcouch says: Oct 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    His actions are working. The rage and agreement with that rage on here means you guys are thinking about him. You still haven’t heard a word he said even when it’s printed in front of you.

  19. crackinbones says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    bigblackfist says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:39 PM
    Slaves masters RAPED the slave man in front of his own family to dehumanize the slave man. Think about that for a moment. Google it if you don’t believe me. So then moving forward people who are calling Kap “names” because of what he’s doing off the field, becarful what you call someone, YOUR ancestors were nasty evil horrid individuals.
    ================================
    Your ancestors were evil as well for selling your own people.

    /Sidenote he’s doing on the field genius.

  20. skawh says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    viper0290 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM
    Mohammad Ali wasn’t even muslim, he converted to Islam to avoid the Vietnam draft. His real name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. he’s a coward
    ——-
    False. He’d been attending meetings with Elijah Muhammad long before he was drafted. You weren’t there. Only a flake would spread false rumors.

    Ali sacrificed the prime of his career to stand up for his principles as a man. That’s something you can’t relate to as a troll I know.

  21. abninf says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    “I don’t understand what is un-American about fighting for liberty and justice for everybody..”
    ==============================

    Weak. The national anthem was written about a battle soldiers fought to give you your liberty. What’s pro-American about disrespecting that and wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs?

  22. ohand16 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:47 PM

    Bigblackfist – but what did you think of Kaeps accuracy from inside the pocket?

  23. abninf says: Oct 16, 2016 8:49 PM

    bigracistfist says:

    Slaves masters RAPED the slave man in front of his own family to dehumanize the slave man.
    =================================

    Every race has been slaves at some point in history. Whites have been slaves. Only one race cannot move on from it. Slavery in the US was long gone when the national anthem was written.

  24. 1phillyphan says: Oct 16, 2016 8:50 PM

    Did this self centered fool really just say HE COULDNT LET ALI DIE IN VAIN!! Really, ?? Im pretty sure Ali didn’t die in VAIN. Comparing himself to a man who gave up titles, his freedom, and millions of dollars for what he thought was right to a punk who has stolen millions of dollars to kneel. Even if he believes in this cause, I think it’s got the attention. So why does he continue to kneel now? He would get more press ( which is all he wants is to shine) if he would do the right thing and support this country and what it stands for…You know Kap, the only country that allows a punk like you to make millions for sucking. Go support the other 95% of the good decent cops that kept you safe today

  25. abninf says: Oct 16, 2016 8:51 PM

    campcouch says:

    You still haven’t heard a word he said even when it’s printed in front of you.
    ==============================

    Because the divisive way he’s gone about it has clouded his message. It seems you and he haven’t figured that out yet.

  26. RE LEE says: Oct 16, 2016 8:58 PM

    Has he said anything yet about cops being deliberately slaughtered?

  27. mongo3401 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:01 PM

    Slavery still exists in Africa and it ain’t the white man doing it either. Kid don’t bother me at all. He can do whatever he wants. I still stand he should be giving this message to the generations of blacks who kill their own on a weekly basis

  28. ohand16 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    That vegan diet hasn’t really done wonders for him

    #REDMEAT

  29. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Oct 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    crackinbones says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:30 PM
    BLM just fire bombed a Republican party office here in North Carolina today….psycho’s you say?
    —————————————————————
    BLM? That’s doubtful. It was very possibly the work of Trump operatives who were sent to burn down what’s left of the GOP. And that might be pretty much all that was left at this point.

  30. dan7800 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:12 PM

    Colin’s goal was to make people aware of the plight of blacks. All he did was to divide a nation and create more anger/separation.

    Why not do like many others have done and stand (respectfully) and hold hands with your teammates to show unity/togetherness of people of all colors?

    Oh wait, that wouldn’t be getting you in the news….

  31. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:16 PM

    his protest has backfired
    he has increased support for police

  32. chrisk61 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:19 PM

    and as a starter in 2016 he is 0-1, with a blow out loss.

  33. bigblackfist says: Oct 16, 2016 9:24 PM

    Bigblackfist – but what did you think of Kaeps accuracy from inside the pocket?

    It was very bad from what we’d like to see! But if it takes a few games better yet, there’s Tampa and a bye week. 3 more Sundays from now, three of those could’ve been touch down passes, 2 of them he should hit.

    If he’s looking bad in at least 4 out of the next 5 more games, bring in Ponder. Now the rest of the offense was bad as well, from play calling, to running up the wrong gap, or not catching the ball, these things need as much judgement.

  34. slim1337 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:24 PM

    Black fist

    Approx. 6 – 10% (educated guess) could afford to own a slave much less a plantation full ……… There was a Black slave owner who owned a plantation in South Carolina that owned over 200, now he was not the only Black one but the largest and that isn’t the point.

    The point is only 6 – 10% owned slaves but we are all horrible people, you refuse to explore the history we share and how if it was as bad as you say, how could a Black man be allowed to build a fortune large enough to own a plantation and that many slaves ……. we are talking 1% rich.

    The winning side writes the history but if you look you will be amazed at what really happened. Slavery was a terrible thing but you nor I had any part of it. Being angry about it is a waste of both of our time.

  35. bigblackfist says: Oct 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    Colin’s goal was to make people aware of the plight of blacks. All he did was to divide a nation and create more anger/separation.

    Why not do like many others have done and stand (respectfully) and hold hands with your teammates to show unity/togetherness of people of all colors?

    Oh wait, that wouldn’t be getting you in the news….
    ============================================
    Well one of the things I NOTICED he did was make all of you people who think that blacks should not complain about anything shine light on how many of you there are……again read the last stance of your song. It doesn’t represent “unity/togetherness”.

  36. tjdvikes says: Oct 16, 2016 9:45 PM

    SO glad this disrespectful turd, and his team got blown out today!

  37. jmc8888 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:45 PM

    He’s not fighting for justice, he’s fighting a race war. There’s a difference.

    If he’s fighting for justice, he’d be about changing policy that is negatively effecting and killing ALL races. Insane policies.

    Instead he’s put all the blame on the white race, and is pretending or ignorant that the policy was put in place by ALL races to the detriment of ALL races.

    Then to make his racist point, he chooses to sit and later kneel during the national anthem.

    He’s so stupid he thinks his stand is the same as Ali’s. What a moron.

    The sad thing is, his BLM supporters who are out there beating people up, murdering, looting, and firebombing places aren’t doing it for ‘change’ and the fake ammunition he gives them by being a moron isn’t helping matters, it’s HURTING them.

  38. patriot420blog says: Oct 16, 2016 10:06 PM

    viper0290 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM
    Mohammad Ali wasn’t even muslim, he converted to Islam to avoid the Vietnam draft. His real name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. he’s a coward

    there are still people in this country that think we should have started a war in vietnam and not only that but DRAFT for it… wow… maybe we are about to go to WW3… you people are D-U-M-B

  39. genoinabottlenyj says: Oct 16, 2016 10:13 PM

    i wouldnt mind him so much but that hair is really obnoxious. it like he wants you to still see him when he kneels

  40. bert1913 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:16 PM

    as a seahawks fan i used to sports hate him, now i hope he is santa clara’s starter for a very long time

  41. doggeatdogg says: Oct 16, 2016 10:22 PM

    I don’t care what anybody says, he is one of the reasons the NFL is tanking in popularity. He’s not the only reason but definitively one of them. Don’t tell me those owners don’t see it.

  42. genoinabottlenyj says: Oct 16, 2016 10:33 PM

    dont give him that much credit. the reason why the nfl ratings are tanking is because of the puppypoop games on primetime like the beaut on right now colts vs texans

  43. briang123 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:35 PM

    Of course he’d rather talk about how much of a victim he is rather than about how pathetic he played.

  44. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 16, 2016 10:42 PM

    “I don’t want to compare myself to Muhammed Ali… but what you think of my shirt?”.

  45. rcali says: Oct 16, 2016 10:55 PM

    We are all still waiting for the Fidel Castro supporting and NFL Employee protester to scratch of that million dollar check that he promised……still waiting. Fraud.

  46. mongo3401 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:56 PM

    32 billionaires are so short sighted that they don’t realize this is going to ruin their league. Wonder what kind of attention Kaepernick would get if he delivered Pizzas for a living ? Itching is going to change with exception the blacks want their government money plus our money. Just sayin like it is folks.

  47. BoyzFan says: Oct 16, 2016 10:57 PM

    Dy-no-mite

    – Good Times

    caugh caugh

  48. mongo3401 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:58 PM

    Know what’s even more hilarious ? Listening to Kaepernick trying to have that. Lack twang accent. Now that’s funny.

  49. BoyzFan says: Oct 16, 2016 10:59 PM

    oops…

    Dyn-O-Mite

    – Good Times

    cough cough

  50. jag1959 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:22 PM

    “He was someone that fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what is right for the people”

    Kaepenick wears pig socks and a Castro shirt while talking about oppression. Ali knew what he was talking about and usually knew how to present himself as well, particularly after he hit 30. He has a lot of sack wrapping himself in Ali’s mantle. Ali lost his title and wealth with no assurance he would ever get another shot at either, Kaepernick pimps himself. I am a veteran of the conflict Ali went to jail rather than take part in. Like most participants in the Southeast Asian War Games I can grudgingly respect the guys who felt the strength of their convictions strongly enough to go to jail for them and have a felony record rather than serve. Ali was that kind of man, in his shoes the kind of guy that wears pig socks and talks about oppression in a Castro shirt would have run to Canada.

  51. vikingsftw says: Oct 16, 2016 11:25 PM

    Cleveland is at least competitive…S.F. is this years complete dumpster fire. Blow it all up ……coaches, all the QB’s and all the overpaid veterans and start over. There is almost nothing to save from this hot mess.

  52. thermalito says: Oct 16, 2016 11:31 PM

    Kaepernick is a complete idiot and the very reason I am no longer a 49ers fan. LOVED seeing the Bills destroy the Santa Clara Social Justice Warriors today

  53. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 17, 2016 12:28 AM

    Now, now people let’s not be so hard on Colin. He’s taking a knee during the the National Anthem because he knows he’ll never get to take a knee in a victory formation!

  54. collectordude says: Oct 17, 2016 12:37 AM

    kaepernick is an idiot.

    Now we can add losing starting QB for a bad team.

  55. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:38 AM

    abninf says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:49 PM
    bigracistfist says:

    Slaves masters RAPED the slave man in front of his own family to dehumanize the slave man.
    =================================

    Every race has been slaves at some point in history. Whites have been slaves. Only one race cannot move on from it. Slavery in the US was long gone when the national anthem was written.

    ————————————————————-

    You can spew yoir racist deplorable viewpoints but DO NOT revise the past. That song was written before the Civil War, know your history.

  56. smiley4284 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:18 AM

    Meh, this Kap thing has run its course. He’s only doing it to impress his faux-muslim girlfriend. Kap is ultimately a loser who will be an afterthought in t-minus 1 year.

    And Hail to the Redskins from this Native American football fan from the Ouachitas tribe in Arkansas.

  57. guypatsfan says: Oct 17, 2016 6:52 AM

    Lose the ‘fro, Kap. This is 2016, not 1976. You look like an idiot.

  58. factschecker says: Oct 17, 2016 9:41 AM

    Mohammad Ali wasn’t even muslim, he converted to Islam to avoid the Vietnam draft. His real name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. he’s a coward
    ————-
    He took on the United States of America and won. The opposite of a coward.

  59. tv426 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:43 AM

    No talent plus a huge Mod Squad fro means the dude has to go!

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