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Colin Kaepernick wins prestigious award voted on by teammates

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If anyone thought 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a distraction in the locker room because of his national anthem protests this year, his teammates did not agree.

Via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Kaepernick was given the Len Eshmont Award, which is the most prestigious team honor which is voted upon by players.

The award is given annually to the player who embodies Eshmont’s “inspirational and courageous play.” Previous winners include Hall of Famers such as Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Ronnie Lott all the way to early players such as Y.A. Tittle, Joe Perry, Bob St. Clair, and Leo Nomellini.

Kaepernick has been sitting and then kneeling through the national anthem all season to protest racial inequality.

“I think what Kap did will be talked about for years to come – an NFL player using his platform for what he wanted to use it for,” 49ers safety Antoine Bethea said.

And while plenty of people had a problem with it, including our President-elect.

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  1. irishgary says: Dec 30, 2016 4:44 PM

    This pretty much proves the entire team and organization is a bunch of fools 2-14

  2. sandman34rt says: Dec 30, 2016 4:49 PM

    Football players are stupid, we all knew this already.

  3. delcodonny says: Dec 30, 2016 4:50 PM

    I’m going to Puke

  4. coloradical420 says: Dec 30, 2016 4:52 PM

    and the winner for being the biggest douche bag on the team is….

  5. dreadnok89 says: Dec 30, 2016 4:52 PM

    What does that have to do with being a terrible qb?

  6. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Dec 30, 2016 4:54 PM

    Very well deserved. By whining and not voting he was an inspiration of how not to act.

  7. snccoach says: Dec 30, 2016 4:55 PM

    LMAO. This is awesome and shows how ignorant the most of the roster is. It’s lazy social activism…at best. He got his “15 min”….good riddance.

  8. blacknyellablacknyella says: Dec 30, 2016 4:55 PM

    That pretty much sums up the disaster in SF . . . I mean, Santa Clara.

    That’s the kind of ‘leadership’ that leads you to 2-13. And the whole team bought in!

  9. vancouversportsbro says: Dec 30, 2016 4:56 PM

    Good to see the losing culture is strong in Santa Clara. You think someone like Belichick would keep this guy around and brainwash his players?

  10. Joe Schmoe says: Dec 30, 2016 4:57 PM

    It must have been difficult to find someone on the 49ers whose play could be described as “inspirational and couargeous.” I guess what someone did on the sidelines is their substitute.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 30, 2016 4:57 PM

    Wonder if he wears his Castro shirt at the presentation ceremony.

  12. dapperecks says: Dec 30, 2016 4:58 PM

    Colin Kaepernick was raised by white parents. Remember that.

  13. cadreamer1969 says: Dec 30, 2016 4:59 PM

    Guess Kelly was right and Cohn was wrong.

  14. cadreamer1969 says: Dec 30, 2016 5:02 PM

    Shows how out of touch fans and media are. No wonder why the media stirs the pot.

  15. kickinpuppies says: Dec 30, 2016 5:04 PM

    Gross

  16. pridewatcher says: Dec 30, 2016 5:04 PM

    Season 2017 will be the real challenge for him. With Trump as president they are gonna play the russian anthem pregame… He could end upp playing for the chaingang in Novosibirsk.

  17. gpete1962 says: Dec 30, 2016 5:06 PM

    San Francisco,Chip Kelly, Colin Krapernick!!! Not surprised at all.

  18. campcouch says: Dec 30, 2016 5:08 PM

    Funny how many people are offended that he’s offended. But not being affected by something makes it easier to dismiss as foolishness.

  19. beachsidejames says: Dec 30, 2016 5:11 PM

    The cancer has spread….

  20. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Dec 30, 2016 5:13 PM

    Excellent. And, again, if you want to do something meaningful for vets, donate to the Pat Tillman Foundation. Being a racist and flapping your jaws about how much you despise Kaepernick, doesn’t help vets in any way whatsoever. (But it’s easy and doesn’t take any sacrifice on their part, so their all in on the jaw flapping party, but that’s all they’re good for.)

  21. tecmbo says: Dec 30, 2016 5:14 PM

    Yeah, the 49ers suck and the honor is laughable at this point for anyone on that team. What’s even funnier is how so many people got their panties in a bunch about this. They found a new sense of patriotism as their conservative safe space on the couch was violated.

  22. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 30, 2016 5:16 PM

    Should of got an award for worst qb in the NFL or worst player or instead of comeback player of the year he should get the biggest fall from grace player of the year or from good to worst award. Krapernick is a clown. Please niners, get rid of krapernick asap after our last game.

  23. maust1013 says: Dec 30, 2016 5:20 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:56 PM
    Good to see the losing culture is strong in Santa Clara. You think someone like Belichick would keep this guy around and brainwash his players?
    ====================

    Wait, so after 2 years of trolling him for out coaching your one year dynasty you are now pro Belichick?? It must be more complicated to be a 12 than any normal person could imagine.

  24. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Dec 30, 2016 5:22 PM

    Awesome! He’s a true american hero.

  25. fatsolio says: Dec 30, 2016 5:23 PM

    What’s inspirational about kneeling during an anthem and continually whining about how unfair you think everything is to minorities as you make multi millions being a crappy QB?

  26. jojopuppyfish says: Dec 30, 2016 5:27 PM

    Boy this franchise has fallen.
    And I am a Bears fan

  27. collectordude says: Dec 30, 2016 5:33 PM

    Doesn’t matter.
    He won’t be part of the team next season.

  28. riraider says: Dec 30, 2016 5:39 PM

    What difference does it make if his parents white?
    Stupid comes in all colors. Whine, bitch and complain then NOT vote says it all!

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 30, 2016 5:40 PM

    Squid wins this year’s award for his convincing portrayal of a 1960’s civil rights/black power advocate.

  30. txmidnite says: Dec 30, 2016 5:44 PM

    Complain about the country. Insult veterans. Do nothing positive. Throw a tantrum. Don’t bother to vote. Win an award. Generation Me.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 30, 2016 5:52 PM

    “Colin Kaepernick was raised by white parents. Remember that.”

    So because of that he’s not allowed to recognize social injustice to other races?

    SMH

  32. Liberalsruineverything says: Dec 30, 2016 5:54 PM

    I’m guessing Qtip has been getting trophies for last place his whole life. Congrats to you Comrad Kaepernick.

  33. bemylovetractor says: Dec 30, 2016 5:58 PM

    But of course all the “thumbs downers” thought Mhammad Ali was the greatest thing since sliced bread when he refused to fight for his country.

  34. deuce2222 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:01 PM

    His teammates got it right. They’ll be talking about what he did for a long time.

    Although, I don’t think it will be in the context Kaepermick intended.

  35. curtj5 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:03 PM

    lol

  36. tonebones says: Dec 30, 2016 6:05 PM

    A lot of people had the same thoughts as Colin, but he had the courage to do something about it. He’s a multi-millionaire, so he could have just kept quiet and counted his money, but he risked losing everything. He’s the epitome of a great American hero, whether you agree with him or not. Obviously, his teammates do.

  37. The Truth says: Dec 30, 2016 6:05 PM

    And people wonder why they stink

  38. MannamedJay says: Dec 30, 2016 6:13 PM

    Regardless if you like his stance or not, the guy gets big points from me for rockin’ a killer ‘fro. Groovy!

  39. docr8der says: Dec 30, 2016 6:14 PM

    I served, went to war, did my time, retired. In my oath I swore to uphold and protect the Constitution. That meant Nazis could march in Skokie, Black Panthers could protest, KKK could burn their crosses, random flag burnings, etc. The point is he has the right to kneel, voice his opinion. I may not agree with his choices, but he has every right to exercise them as an American citizen, and people disagreeing with him also have that right. It goes both ways.
    But getting angry and wishing to deny him his 1st Amendment rights is a waste of energy. Bringing politics & bigotry into the equation cheapens the argument.

  40. laserw says: Dec 30, 2016 6:15 PM

    Men don’t squat.

    They stand.

  41. dapperecks says: Dec 30, 2016 6:18 PM

    “Colin Kaepernick was raised by white parents. Remember that.”

    So because of that he’s not allowed to recognize social injustice to other races?

    SMH
    ===================

    Speaking as a black man raised in the hood.
    Kaepernick does not speak for black people in America. He was raised in the comfort of white parents and complains about problems he never experienced. I ain’t buying it. It goes deeper then that.

  42. charger383 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:20 PM

    hope they like it when revenue is down causing lower salary cap

  43. ironicskepticalcomment says: Dec 30, 2016 6:21 PM

    Kaepernick is an idiot

  44. abninf says: Dec 30, 2016 6:22 PM

    More importantly, fans voted him the most hated athlete.

    And I seriously doubt he has the support of the entire locker room.

  45. margoadams says: Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM

    Racial Inequality is a false narrative. Like Black Lives Matter is false narrative.

  46. abninf says: Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM

    docr8der says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:14 PM
    I served, went to war, did my time, retired. In my oath I swore to uphold and protect the Constitution. That meant Nazis could march in Skokie, Black Panthers could protest, KKK could burn their crosses, random flag burnings, etc. The point is he has the right to kneel, voice his opinion. I may not agree with his choices, but he has every right to exercise them as an American citizen, and people disagreeing with him also have that right. It goes both ways.
    But getting angry and wishing to deny him his 1st Amendment rights is a waste of energy. Bringing politics & bigotry into the equation cheapens the argument.
    ========================================

    I did my 24 years and five combat tours. Not a single person has said he should be denied his rights. I don’t know why you people keep repeating that. We’re just expressing ours as well.

  47. vancouversportsbro says: Dec 30, 2016 6:31 PM

    “I would like to thank myself and Fidel Castro for this award. Next year I hope we see great new heights and reach the 4-12 with me taking a knee to end social injustice in America”-Colin Kaepernick’s acceptance speech

  48. sopadegato says: Dec 30, 2016 6:45 PM

    It does take some real stones to open your mouth that wide and jam your foot that far in it. I have to give him some real credit – how many other QBs with so little ability actively want to make themselves a toxic element that makes owners and sponsors alike cringe?

    That does take courage. Courage, but not brains.

  49. sylvester000001 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:48 PM

    Ummm, how come no one seems to be noticing that the key word of the criteria for the award is… PLAY?

    As in what you do on the field.

    He didn’t do anything on the field this season.

    He knelt on the sidelines for games he didn’t even get in to. And… his teammates voted him for an award regarding his play on the field??

    People?? Anyone?? No one is seeing this??

    Draw your own conclusion

  50. Liberalsruineverything says: Dec 30, 2016 6:51 PM

    tonebones says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:05 PM
    A lot of people had the same thoughts as Colin, but he had the courage to do something about it. He’s a multi-millionaire, so he could have just kept quiet and counted his money, but he risked losing everything. He’s the epitome of a great American hero, whether you agree with him or not. Obviously, his teammates do.
    ——————-
    You make a point about people standing up for what they believe. But when he stands there and runs his mouth then doesn’t even bother to vote he loses any and all credibility. Now he’s just a fraud with a big mouth who thinks he looks cool with a murderous dictator on his Tshirt.

  51. Rolo Tomassi says: Dec 30, 2016 6:53 PM

    txmidnite says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:44 PM
    Complain about the country. Insult veterans. Do nothing positive. Throw a tantrum. Don’t bother to vote. Win an award. Generation Me.

    Congratulations you win the Internet today!!

  52. briang123 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:56 PM

    Funny how this site mentions Trump every chance he gets. And regarding his teammates giving him in this award it doesn’t say much about Kaepernick but sure says a lot about his teammates.

  53. kd94025 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:01 PM

    abninf says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM
    docr8der says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:14 PM
    I served, went to war, did my time, retired. In my oath I swore to uphold and protect the Constitution. That meant Nazis could march in Skokie, Black Panthers could protest, KKK could burn their crosses, random flag burnings, etc. The point is he has the right to kneel, voice his opinion. I may not agree with his choices, but he has every right to exercise them as an American citizen, and people disagreeing with him also have that right. It goes both ways.
    But getting angry and wishing to deny him his 1st Amendment rights is a waste of energy. Bringing politics & bigotry into the equation cheapens the argument.
    ========================================

    I did my 24 years and five combat tours. Not a single person has said he should be denied his rights. I don’t know why you people keep repeating that. We’re just expressing ours as well.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You missed all the people saying he should sit down and shut up.

    If people want to say they don’t think he suffered, so he shouldn’t say anything, fine.

    If people say they don’t understand why black people are mad that they get pulled over all of the time for no reason other than being black, AND they get shot, fine.

    But, don’t tell him to shut up, because he’s simply trying to get people to pay attention to the racial and economic disparity that exists and is documented.

  54. bemylovetractor says: Dec 30, 2016 7:06 PM

    Jesus, what is wrong with you people. He wasn’t directly dissing our country, the political system, religion, he was merely stating the obvious that their appears to be a racial imbalance in the the way SOME white cops treat black suspects (shoot first, ask questions later). Dont you read newspapers or watch tv? Kap has a point and has drawn attention to it.

    For all the military posters out there, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do to provide and protect our freedom. But where did you stand when Muhammad Ali refused to fight for his country? Did you still dig him or hate him? How bout Tommy Smith in the Olympics. Essentially, most of you are saying that Americans do not have the right to protest in their country. You are so wrong!

  55. nbptma1 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:20 PM

    I wonder if he’s got Johnny Manziel’s phone number, cuz he’s gonna need a buddy to drink with since he won’t be playing in 2017.

  56. gromit45 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:22 PM

    Protest the anthem to a country that declares “…all men are created equal…” and — tada! — racial inequality solved!!!

  57. 2ruefan says: Dec 30, 2016 7:25 PM

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    Wow! Who KNEW that so many 49ers were idiot, far-left trash?

  58. rcali says: Dec 30, 2016 7:27 PM

    Well, when the current leader of a country bad mouth’s the country and it’s values for 8 years, not surprised the impressionable youth goes along with it.

  59. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 7:29 PM

    dapperecks says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:58 PM
    Colin Kaepernick was raised by white parents. Remember that.
    ——-
    There are millions of white people who historically have fought against racial inequality. Some have even died fighting against racial inequality. What makes you think Kap’s parents don’t support him?

    Besides, the 3rd verse of the anthem is racist. Why stand for that if you’re a person of color.

  60. ryder09 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:31 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:16 PM
    Should of got an award for worst qb in the NFL or worst player or instead of comeback player of the year he should get the biggest fall from grace player of the year or from good to worst award. Krapernick is a clown. Please niners, get rid of krapernick asap after our last game.
    _______________________________________

    LOL. Not even close. Kap has been pretty good this season considering the lack of talent he has to work with. You are just being blind at this point.

  61. stexan says: Dec 30, 2016 7:32 PM

    Kaepernick is going about this in a way with which I do not entirely agree, but the ONLY time I saw him do something that really crossed the line – IMO – was those piggy socks. And he apologized for that. All else is him expressing his opinion and calling attention to what he sees as injustice
    He’s NEVER insulted the military, our veterans, or advocated for withholding anyone’s right to stand up and say, or demonstrate – their opinion.
    It’s other people – plenty on this site – that SAY he insults the military, the vets, etc. etc. etc. – NOT him. You’ve done it since the start and you’re doing now. What I find the most remarkable is that you’re statements are almost verbatim what I’ve heard my entire life when people try to rationalize their bigotry. And that’s essentially what he’s saying. Still too much bigotry and injustice and someone needs to call attention to it.

  62. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 7:34 PM

    margoadams says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM
    Racial Inequality is a false narrative. Like Black Lives Matter is false narrative.
    ———
    Clearly from a white only perspective. You’ll never know if you aren’t black, latino, asian, indian. It’s always been white america. Why do you think the tea party began? Because whites were sickened about a black man in the white house.

    Kap, you did the right thing. I salute your courage!

  63. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 30, 2016 7:43 PM

    Joe Staley won team MVP Award, how is Squid’s award the “most prestigious”? These guys are paid mega bucks to play football and win, not to pimp for attention off the field.

  64. brsinai says: Dec 30, 2016 7:44 PM

    I’m sure the vote was not unanimous and broke along racial lines.

  65. findingpls says: Dec 30, 2016 7:44 PM

    You guys do realize he did more than just kneel, he also donated a million dollars to community organizations in a number of communities and he is donating his portion of revenue from jersey sells. What charities have you guys donated to?

  66. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 30, 2016 7:46 PM

    The team averaged about 5 more points per game scored, and gave up 10 fewer points per game defensively under Gabbert, than they did under Kaepernick, and Squid played the easier part of the schedule, with the team having more time to adjust to Defective Chip’s cracker jack offense.

  67. jag1959 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:46 PM

    bemylovetractor says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:58 PM
    But of course all the “thumbs downers” thought Mhammad Ali was the greatest thing since sliced bread when he refused to fight for his country.
    _______________

    Like many others here I too am a veteran, in my case that included participation in the Southeast Asian War Games (our team finished 2nd btw). Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion and risked 5 years of jail time had the Supreme Court not reversed his conviction. He was stripped of his titles and lost his wealth as well as 4 of his prime fighting years following the dictates of his conscience. That’s a far cry from talking about oppression while wearing a Castro shirt and getting paid millions while kneeling on a sideline. Many of us who served obviously disagreed with Ali’s standpoint but most of us didn’t have any trouble respecting it and recognizing that part of what everyone that ever swore the oath and saw combat was fighting for was the belief that we are a nation of law, not men. And that law included Ali’s right to follow his conscience so long as he was willing to pay the price of his convictions. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom from consequence. A pampered, hypocritical, non voting fool like Kaepernick doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned in the same breath as a man of true conviction like Ali or for that matter any of those whose consciences dictated they heed their nation’s call. The very ones that Kaepernick so casually disrespects by talking his talk when he can’t even bother to vote or stand for the colors when they are presented by someone in uniform.

  68. weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2016 7:53 PM

    His next girlfriend will probably turn him Goth or into a shoeless Phish fan. It’s cute in a UNH freshman sort of way.

  69. Slapshot says: Dec 30, 2016 7:55 PM

    Since when is not voting and refusing to stand for the Anthem an example of “inspirational and courageous play?” Ever since the Santa Clara Niners left their heart in S.F., this team has gone downhill, both on the field and in the front office.

  70. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 8:03 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 7:46 PM
    bemylovetractor says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:58 PM
    But of course all the “thumbs downers” thought Mhammad Ali was the greatest thing since sliced bread when he refused to fight for his country.
    _______________

    Like many others here I too am a veteran, in my case that included participation in the Southeast Asian War Games (our team finished 2nd btw). Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion and risked 5 years of jail time had the Supreme Court not reversed his conviction. He was stripped of his titles and lost his wealth as well as 4 of his prime fighting years following the dictates of his conscience. That’s a far cry from talking about oppression while wearing a Castro shirt and getting paid millions while kneeling on a sideline. Many of us who served obviously disagreed with Ali’s standpoint but most of us didn’t have any trouble respecting it and recognizing that part of what everyone that ever swore the oath and saw combat was fighting for was the belief that we are a nation of law, not men. And that law included Ali’s right to follow his conscience so long as he was willing to pay the price of his convictions. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom from consequence. A pampered, hypocritical, non voting fool like Kaepernick doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned in the same breath as a man of true conviction like Ali or for that matter any of those whose consciences dictated they heed their nation’s call. The very ones that Kaepernick so casually disrespects by talking his talk when he can’t even bother to vote or stand for the colors when they are presented by someone in uniform.
    ——–
    You just don’t get it. Kap kneeled to bring attention to racial inequality. You speak of laws and rights. How about the laws being broken by white cops shooting unarmed blacks, denying their rights? You’re so blind, and yet you speak of honor? Get a clue. One vet to another.

  71. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 30, 2016 8:05 PM

    As a Republican, I know the 1st Amendment protects Kaepernick’s right to not stand for the national anthem. And guess what else, the 1A also protects our right to criticize him for it.

  72. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 30, 2016 8:06 PM

    46% didn’t vote, but it’s somehow us 2% 3rd party voters’ fault that Trump won. LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. JustJim says: Dec 30, 2016 8:14 PM

    coloradical420 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:52 PM
    and the winner for being the biggest douche bag on the team is….
    ———————————————————
    That’s a 53 way tie !!!!!!!!
    54 counting “Ole Chipper”

  74. geeee7 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:19 PM

    Funny looking at all the down votes on these comments, not sure because you guys aren’t starting your post with a TRIGGER WARNING, or they thought this was going to be one of their safe spaces. In any event Bethea couldn’t be more wrong, when this clown Kap isn’t in the league next year, no one will talk about him, let alone remember him.

  75. huggybear2014 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:21 PM

    “You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,”

    PC Admiral Harry Harris

  76. Liberalsruineverything says: Dec 30, 2016 8:28 PM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 7:34 PM
    margoadams says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM
    Racial Inequality is a false narrative. Like Black Lives Matter is false narrative.
    ———
    Clearly from a white only perspective. You’ll never know if you aren’t black, latino, asian, indian. It’s always been white america. Why do you think the tea party began? Because whites were sickened about a black man in the white house.

    Kap, you did the right thing. I salute your courage!
    ————————
    The Tea Party is a grass roots movement by Americans who were sick of government spending. Obamacare and the TARP spending bill set it off. His skin color had nothing to do with it. On the other hand BLM started from Ferguson and “Hands up don’t shoot” which is proven to be a lie. BLM are professional protesters paid by rich Democrat donors to cause trouble wherever they are told to go. I guess the 4000+ blacks in south Chicago who were shot this year by other blacks don’t matter because I don’t see BLM protesters there

  77. jag1959 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:33 PM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:03 PM
    You just don’t get it. Kap kneeled to bring attention to racial inequality. You speak of laws and rights. How about the laws being broken by white cops shooting unarmed blacks, denying their rights? You’re so blind, and yet you speak of honor? Get a clue. One vet to another.
    ___________________

    Talk about not getting it and needing a clue, you need to take a closer look at what I was responding to and view my response in context. Kaepernick is not a worthy representative for so serious a cause and does it a disservice through his complete lack of credibility. The inequities that cry out for redress deserve better than to be represented by a fool. It is all too easy to dismiss:

    A message about oppression delivered by a guy in a Castro shirt,

    A call for meaningful dialogue coming from a guy in pig socks.

    Decrying a corrupt system in need of change that didn’t vote when there were sentencing reform, judge selection methods, decriminalization of minor drug offenses and educational reform measures on his ballot.

    To put it simply, serious issues call for serious people. Kaepernick is at best a dilettante and that is being kind.

  78. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 8:42 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:06 PM
    46% didn’t vote, but it’s somehow us 2% 3rd party voters’ fault that Trump won. LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ———
    And the very post above this one you claim to be a Republican. Only on PFT!

    So, you voted for Trump knowing he wants to give his daddy Putin a pass for hacking America’s election process, if not the election. Unbelievable.

    Kap was right not to vote, for democracy in America isn’t what its believed to be by some.

  79. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 8:45 PM

    huggybear2014 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:21 PM
    “You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,”

    PC Admiral Harry Harris
    ———-
    Reality check. 75 years ago blacks couldn’t vote in America, nor play in the NFL.

    And I suppose you wanted blacks to stand then too.

  80. maust1013 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:52 PM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 7:34 PM

    Clearly from a white only perspective. You’ll never know if you aren’t black, latino, asian, indian. It’s always been white america. Why do you think the tea party began? Because whites were sickened about a black man in the white house.

    Kap, you did the right thing. I salute your courage!
    ===================

    After calling Belichick a racist for having white receivers you have no more credibility than Kaepernick.

  81. skawh says: Dec 30, 2016 8:59 PM

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:28 PM

    The Tea Party is a grass roots movement by Americans who were sick of government spending. Obamacare and the TARP spending bill set it off. His skin color had nothing to do with it. On the other hand BLM started from Ferguson and “Hands up don’t shoot” which is proven to be a lie. BLM are professional protesters paid by rich Democrat donors to cause trouble wherever they are told to go. I guess the 4000+ blacks in south Chicago who were shot this year by other blacks don’t matter because I don’t see BLM protesters there
    ———
    So, you’re the only individual in america who doesn’t know that the “tea party” was organized by Dick Armey, a former Republican leader of the House Republicans who went from being a lobbyist for a Washington lobbying firm to being the unofficial leader of the anti-Washington “tea party” movement. As head of FreedomWorks, Armey funded and coordinated tea party activists.

    Some of us here know who does what it Washington you know.

    Which came first. Jim Crow, aka no equal education for blacks, or 4000 blacks killing each other in Chicago. Consider yourself lucky not to have had to attend school on the south side of Chicago. You’ve no right to stand in judgment of a life you have no idea about, do you.

  82. richc111 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:14 PM

    Like a few have said would the vote be racist if it was told what % of the players that were black and white voted for who. I simply mirrors reality. As much as people hate to admit that how things work. I mean 98% of blacks voted for Obama. Is that racists? I mean if white people vote for Trump, seeing the poster wanted to bring in politics why are they racists but if this vote fell along lines of color then by default this story is an example of racism. But instead is being held to some high ideal or righteous. So tell how many black players are on the 49ers? When you are in the majority things like this happen. Just the way it goes. But to treat stories differently just because if supports or attacks a personal agenda become propaganda, and that is why the main stream media is losing the battle on how they report news. Everyone sees now that ideology of the media is more important than reporting the news. Just read the posts here. Main stream media we are all onto you.

  83. pantherpro says: Dec 30, 2016 9:20 PM

    Nice job Kap……if you had voted against that clown Trump
    you would be MVP of NFL. Still proud of you to stand up against angry white man aka Stanford fan with red sweater vest

  84. thegloriousone says: Dec 30, 2016 9:21 PM

    Congratulations, Colin. God Bless you.

  85. blackula72 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:30 PM

    abninf says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:24 PM
    docr8der says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:14 PM
    I served, went to war, did my time, retired. In my oath I swore to uphold and protect the Constitution. That meant Nazis could march in Skokie, Black Panthers could protest, KKK could burn their crosses, random flag burnings, etc. The point is he has the right to kneel, voice his opinion. I may not agree with his choices, but he has every right to exercise them as an American citizen, and people disagreeing with him also have that right. It goes both ways.
    But getting angry and wishing to deny him his 1st Amendment rights is a waste of energy. Bringing politics & bigotry into the equation cheapens the argument.
    ========================================

    I did my 24 years and five combat tours. Not a single person has said he should be denied his rights. I don’t know why you people keep repeating that. We’re just expressing ours as well.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ignorance is bliss and people see what they want to and ignore the rest. Not only are people saying he should be denied his rights and telling him to get out of the country. They are also threatening him and his family with death. As a veteran whose father and grandfather fought for this country one thing about living in and “Fighting ” for a “Free” country is that injustice for any one of us is injustice for all of us in a “truly” free society you can’t pick and choose who is “truly ” free.

  86. tonebones says: Dec 30, 2016 10:02 PM

    We just elected a draft dodger to be our next president. Obviously we’re not really that concerned about respect for the military. What’s the real reason we hate KKKap? Happy New Year everyone!!!

  87. deuce2222 says: Dec 30, 2016 10:23 PM

    If Kaepernick ran for president, would anyone show up to vote?

  88. selldannysell says: Dec 30, 2016 10:38 PM

    sandman34rt says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:49 PM

    Football players are stupid, we all knew this already.

    ——————————————————————

    Yet, you continue to follow and support the NFL.

  89. BrassMonkey says: Dec 30, 2016 10:44 PM

    Of course, he did. Blacks love voting for blacks. That helped Obama get elected not once but twice.

  90. beachsidejames says: Dec 30, 2016 10:44 PM

    Am I the only one who’s thought that while he’s kneeling someone should take a bic lighter to his hair?

  91. witchrunner says: Dec 30, 2016 11:02 PM

    At 2-13, it’s clear that no one was either inspirational or courageous. And it’s evidently clear that if there was a player who was such, it definitely was not Kap. He’s the leader for crying out loud. Who in their right mind thinks that leading the team to a 2-13 record evidences any sense of inspiration or courage? They should have been ashamed and decided not to award it at all. Or, if they had to award it, it should go to the fans, as few as they may have been, who continued to show up week after week.

  92. elvoid says: Dec 30, 2016 11:05 PM

    Shouldn’t the headline be “wins award no one outside of San Francisco players have ever even heard of before this article was written?”

    Prestigious? Really? The “leg lamp” in “a Christmas Story” was more “prestigious” than this.

  93. elvoid says: Dec 30, 2016 11:11 PM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:45
    ———-
    Reality check. 75 years ago blacks couldn’t vote in America, nor play in the NFL.

    And I suppose you wanted blacks to stand then too.

    ———————–

    Really? 75 years ago blacks couldn’t vote? That’s simply not true. Sheesh. Hyperbole much?

  94. tjdvikes says: Dec 30, 2016 11:45 PM

    Fidel Krapernick is a disrespectful turd.

  95. painsyndicate says: Dec 30, 2016 11:51 PM

    Unsurprising given the demographic makeup of the NFL but a disgrace nonetheless.

    Pathetic.

  96. BrassMonkey says: Dec 31, 2016 12:21 AM

    One thing is for sure. The award is no longer as prestigious as it used to be.

  97. rollotomasi14 says: Dec 31, 2016 12:30 AM

    Yeah, the boutique hat “he” did, not the social issues he was trying to bring attention to. And not voting? Guys a joke

  98. lsxsx says: Dec 31, 2016 2:29 AM

    KD????
    After 8 years of hope and change??? racial inequalities????
    no way…it must be those Russians

  99. lsxsx says: Dec 31, 2016 2:34 AM

    Where is Lyndon Johnson???

  100. mcgil38 says: Dec 31, 2016 3:30 AM

    Kap is a joke because he stood up for what he said he believed in, but then when he had a chance to do something about it – vote – he didn’t do anything…

  101. tommariner says: Dec 31, 2016 7:42 AM

    Colin has the right to disrespect his country that gives him a $114 million contract for playing a game. As do his teammates who honor him for his “courage”.

    At the award-presenting ceremony, I’m going to “take a knee”.

  102. stinkymcmulligan says: Dec 31, 2016 8:33 AM

    Kaepernick is a DISGRACE!!!

  103. chippys lost binky says: Dec 31, 2016 9:01 AM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:59 PM
    . You’ve no right to stand in judgment of a life you have no idea about, do you.
    ++++++++++++++++

    But evidently you feel you do, so we have that going for us and isn’t that nice.

  104. whatjusthapped says: Dec 31, 2016 9:36 AM

    I really hate it when all these Kaepernick supporters promote his view as some sort of 1st Amendment issue.

    It is nothing of the sort. The 1st Amendment provides protection from government interference in free speech. Kaep is privately employed by the 49ers and they are well within their rights to require the guy to either stand or stay in the locker room if they so choose. Maybe offer him a media interview every Wednesday to spout his views but as a business decision, they are smart to respect their paying customers or at least not insult them.

  105. boca12 says: Dec 31, 2016 9:58 AM

    This is a funny thread…….wait……one moment…. I… need…. to…. puke………..

  106. kokomike says: Dec 31, 2016 10:18 AM

    Since NFL games are private events, Ist Amendment rights can be restricted. The NFL has chosen to not restrict rights.

  107. killitandeatit says: Dec 31, 2016 10:25 AM

    We should have kept Alex & Harbaugh. C.K. ,congratulations on the award,take it and Chip with you to Cuba .Colin is a distraction for the team and distractions are not good ,just look at the record. At the end of the day , clearly , Kap is just a lousy quarterback on a lousy team with one win this year vs. a horrible Rams team.

  108. cosmicredneck81 says: Dec 31, 2016 10:33 AM

    Little educational tidbit for yall the Irish were actually the first slaves to be brought to this country and have been persecuted for far longer than the blacks nobody knows this though because the Irish aren’t a bunch of soft whiney babies

  109. lanski5 says: Dec 31, 2016 11:27 AM

    Whenever I see Kap, I’m reminded of that brush you use to clean the toilet.

  110. Liberalsruineverything says: Dec 31, 2016 12:23 PM

    skawh says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:59 PM

    Which came first. Jim Crow, aka no equal education for blacks, or 4000 blacks killing each other in Chicago. Consider yourself lucky not to have had to attend school on the south side of Chicago. You’ve no right to stand in judgment of a life you have no idea about, do you.
    ————————-
    Funny Jim Crow comes up all the time. Jim Crow was a Democrat. The KKK was the militant wing of the Democratic Party. Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Government were what? Yep you guessed it, Democrats. Facts are fun huh?

  111. stampnhawk says: Dec 31, 2016 2:05 PM

    When you have to pump it up by saying it’s prestigious, it’s less-so.

  112. veracityguy says: Jan 1, 2017 9:38 PM

    It’s obvious that CTE is running rampant throughout the 49ers team. It must be thoes $8.99 Chinese helmets they used.

  113. jstyle211 says: Jan 2, 2017 2:19 AM

    Jeez after reading these comments about Colin Kaepernick, it’s obvious there are a lot of ignorant bigots on here. The man stood up and stated the obvious. That there is a two tiered justice system in our country and always has been. Minorities are treated worse in our society. That’s not an opinion that’s a fact born out by stats and anecdotal evidence of the lives of every minority in this country. All this commotion over his choosing to kneel while conservatives lie and bend over backwards to explain away racism. Conservatives as a whole are the most whiny crybabies in the world. If anyone has a different experience or opinion they attack and blame it on political correctness. Colin and BLM say our lives matter as much as anyone else’s, Not more or less and conservatives lose there minds!

  114. mushroommike says: Jan 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Did he win the award for being a terrible QB too? Guiding the team to one win (Gabbert has the other win) is truly inspiring.

  115. thermalito says: Jan 4, 2017 10:36 AM

    jstyle211: So anybody who doesn’t like Colin Kaepernick is a bigot? hilarious. My wife is a minority, she isn’t treated worse and considering all of the affirmative action programs that exist if anything they are treated better. Blacks commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime in this country. If anything morons like you are trying to explain that way by scapegoating whites. And speaking of explaining things away, I’d be interested to see how you explain away the fact idiots like Colin Kaepernick praise Castro and vile hate groups like BLM who call for the killing of police officers. If anyone is losing their minds if the far left wing race hustlers constantly looking to blame the problems of others on whites. Kaepernick is an idiot and exactly the reason I am no longer a Niner fan

  116. orangeraider says: Jan 4, 2017 9:22 PM

    A crappy organization votes for this loser.
    You frauds must be so proud
    ROFLMFAO

  117. gbrim20 says: Jan 6, 2017 5:57 PM

    Wait, so they actually voted on this stuff? Isn’t Kaep against people who aren’t too lazy to vote? He should give the award back.

    Man, what an inspirational leader. Hates cops, loves Fidel Castro. Where can I get a poster?

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