Kelly: Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated doesn’t affect football matters

AP

49ers coach Chip Kelly told reporters Saturday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem does not affect Kaepernick’s place on the depth chart or any other football matters.

Kelly said Kaepernick, who started Friday night’s preseason game, remains in competition with Blaine Gabbert for the team’s starting quarterback job.

Kelly knew questions about Kaepernick were coming when he talked with reporters Saturday. Earlier in the day, Kaepernick told NFL Network he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

If Kaepernick wants to continue to not stand for the anthem, Kelly won’t try to change his mind.

It’s not my right to tell him not to do something,” Kelly said.

Kaepernick also didn’t stand for the anthem during prior preseason games, and Kelly said “he has the right to express his feelings.”

140 responses to “Kelly: Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated doesn’t affect football matters

  1. From an optics point of view and from Jed York’s perspective, for 17 more weeks, for millions of Americans, Kaepernick will be recording a live, televised inflammatory equivalent of the Ray Rice video, wearing Jed and the NFL’s branding, before stadiums of 65,000…

  2. Colin is just acting like a little girl because he is not the official starter…………..the punk needs to stay on the bench……………he is done, as a 49’er…..

  3. “It’s not my right to tell him not to do something”
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    Huh? I believe it’s your obligation, in fact , though to be honest I’ve not seen one, it’s probably one of the first things mentioned on your job description

  4. I wouldn’t care if he was the next Joe Montana, if you can’t show the most basic respect for your Country’s flag when hundreds of thousands of men and women have died defending her, you wouldn’t be on my roster to say the least. Perhaps a one way bus ticket to Canada is in order!

  5. Yes it does. You can’t have a person on the team that disrespects the country. Protest all he wants but why should a professional organization let him do it.

  6. Which won’t stop Squidward from insinuating that not being able to keep his job was the result of racism and his “courageous” stand. Now that he’s used up the injury card.

  7. He’s right he doesn’t have the right to tell him what to do. Pretty much destroys the oppression thing right there.

    As for effecting football matters, maybe it doesn’t. It does however, effect good taste and matters of class which Kaepernick has none.

  8. He can sit we can call him a jerk. That’s how America works. How long is this going to dominate headlines? Honestly, its boring me already. Just a thought – does something this dumb motivate people? Does it even matter in regards to fixing anything? Probably not so stay hot, Kap!

  9. Kapernick is a turd. Sure America is not perfect but neither are you or me. Seems weird that a guy raised by a different race doesn’t understand that a few people who make stupid choices are not the people who represent America!

    If you don’t like America, then leave!

  10. Sorry Chip…the SF fans and media will force yourhands on this one (as if Kapernicks lack of QB skills didnt) say otherwise. Patriotism will win over here.

    Oh, wait….SF is a sanctuary city. In that case, all bets are off.

  11. He probably listened to that racist hate speech by Jesse Williams. Get him fired up!

  12. If Kap gets cut, I’m sure Hillary would give him a job in the administration.

  13. An overrated coach who has accomplished nothing is defending an overrated QB who has also done squat. What a surprise. You’re going to get booed out of the stadium by every patriotic NFL fan.

  14. Well, he’s playing in the right city/state to get away with it, I suppose. The people of San Francisco and California have been fighting and trying to change the ideals of what America is for decades.

    What have they gotten themselves? A city of “elites” where the poor people they supposedly “care about” can’t afford to live, extremely high taxes, liberal laws that pour tax dollars into ridiculous programs that shouldn’t exist in the first place, and policy that gives billions to illegal aliens and criminals.

    What would you expect from the state/region that gave birth to hippies, war protests, free love, disease, filth, black panthers, hells angels, and Nancy Pelosi?

    They’ll embrace Crapernick.

  15. You just have to laugh at all the trailer trash that want him deported just because he sat down during the anthem. They have no concept or understanding what our brand of freedom means.

  16. America sure has oppressed him.

    That’s why he drives a Lambo and lives in a mansion.

  17. All you “if you don’t like America then leave people” need to ‘leave’ first.

    America was built off of stolen Indian land and free slave labor.

  18. All you “if you don’t like America then leave” people need to ‘leave’ first.

    America was built off of stolen Indian land and free slave labor.

  19. What are you proud Americans more proud of? the enslavement of the black man or the exterination of the red man? Please let me know.

  20. Blacks are rushing to defend him and then bringing up slavery, of course. You know where black Africans kidnapped and sold their own, that slavery. Oh and then 250,000 white Union soldiers died to end it and give them freedom. If this place is so oppressed–LEAVE!

  21. 16 Months I severed in Iraq. Along with my brothers who were black, white, yellow, brown. Didn’t matter. We were all there to fight for the red, white, and blue. Missed my wife, and son dearly. I didn’t do it for politics, race, religion. I did it to keep our county free and my brothers next to me alive. Who were from all race and religions. To disrespect the flag or our anthem is spitting on what my brothers and I sacrificed for. It’s a free county which means it’s free to leave if you don’t support it. GET OUT!!! I wish the NFL and 49ers would prove a point here and kick this POS out of the league. Millions he makes. What a joke.

  22. 25kGold says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:19 PM
    All you “if you don’t like America then leave people” need to ‘leave’ first.

    America was built off of stolen Indian land and free slave labor.

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    Actually, “Native American’s” migrated to North America just like Europeans and Spaniards, they just did it earlier in time and on foot across ice bridges rather than using ships.

    All nations at one point have used slave labor, even Africa in the 1500’s using European slaves (look up Barbary Slave Trade.)

    Sometimes I look at our liberal education system and wonder if ANYONE ever actually opens a book?

  23. Thank you Chip Kelly. There should not be a patriotic litmus test to play in the NFL if you believe in what America stands for.

    This country was built on protests against British taxation and oppression. Fought a civil war protesting slavery. Went through a civil rights period protesting Jim Crow laws. Went through nearly a decade protesting the Vietnam War. People have protested against abortion and many other issues.

    Now we have people here saying you can only protest against things I agree with you on. Not in the America I live in and fought for. I served 8 years in the Corps fighting for exactly what Mr. Kaepernick did, exercising his free speech rights.

  24. Some of the comments today have been unbelievably believable! 1st, whether I agree with his opinion or not (my brother, father and grandfather are all Vets), he has the right to his opinion. Thats why its HIS opinion. People dont have to agree. Insinuating that he is racist is absurd. He is Bi-racial and raised in the suburbs by a upper class white family. His siblings are all white and its the ONLY family he acknowledges.

    Secondly, people shouldn’t compare and contrast this with the legacy of Pat Tillman. While Pat is celebrated (and very well should be) for the Hero that he is, believe me, many of you are uniformed about how his family feels about our country, government and military. Ive been around their family since high school and former teammates with his brother. Think about this. How would you feel if your family member went to serve for the nation you considered great, was killed in the line of duty, had the military initially lie to their family about the manner in which he died. Then later tell the family there was some reported jealousy amongst the platoon and he was actually killed by “friendly fire”. Furthermore, the “friendly fire” that killed him (which you lied about initially), may not have been accidental after all. How would you feel about affairs if that was YOUR family member?

    Lastly, I understand how difficult it is for some to identify with a concept they will likely never have to experience in their natural life. However part of what makes America great is the freedom of expression, whether any of us agree.

  25. Mind games with Baalke. Play him all 4 quarters coach! Let the 4th stringers block for him

  26. I guess San Fransisco doesn’t care if their QB insults those of us that have honorably served this nation, and this includes civilian, military, police, firefighters…etc.

    If that is what the team stands for, and they must, because they allow him to spew politically decisive comments on their time. Then quite simply, I will never watch them play again.

    If u are going to be dumb enough to insult the national anthem, at least be smart enough to shut up about why u did it.

    Since the team is okay with the act, then they must agree with the statement that we are a racist country, well, I won’t spend money on anything that could filter to the team or the QB.

    Goodbye San Fran 49ers, you truly suck.

  27. 25k – the proper term is native American. Can you help me to find another country as great as America? And history shows England are the ones who started stealing land from native Americans.

  28. The 49ers won’t deal with the PR disaster this is going to become. They were looking for a reason to justifiably dump him anyway, here it is. They’re going to try and trade him to Dallas for dirt cheap, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll be released. You can’t be the NFL team that keeps paying the “guy who hates America”.

  29. There is a lot of heritage with the flag that he is totally disrespecting. He will be out of the NFL in a couple years.

  30. rhett16 says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:37 PM
    They’re going to try and trade him to Dallas for dirt cheap, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll be released.

    —–

    LoL, if Kaep’s crap doesn’t flow in California, what makes you think Anti-Patriotic/Anti-Military/Anti-Police rhetoric’s going to fly in Dallas, Texas?

  31. His comments have no validity. This isn’t 1960. Every American can only blame themselves for where they are in life. Life isnt fair some people start with rich parents and lots of advantages and some dont. You are responsible for your actions regardless of race, sex, or economic status. Instead of getting mad about the 5 black men killed in confrontations with police get mad at the 315 black men killed by other black men in chicago.

  32. mjkegs says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:22 PM

    16 Months I severed in Iraq. Along with my brothers who were black, white, yellow, brown. Didn’t matter. We were all there to fight for the red, white, and blue. Missed my wife, and son dearly. I didn’t do it for politics, race, religion. I did it to keep our county free and my brothers next to me alive. Who were from all race and religions. To disrespect the flag or our anthem is spitting on what my brothers and I sacrificed for. It’s a free county which means it’s free to leave if you don’t support it. GET OUT!!! I wish the NFL and 49ers would prove a point here and kick this POS out of the league. Millions he makes. What a joke.
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    You fought for freedom. Right? Kaepernick wouldn’t be able to exercise his freedom unless guys like you were fighting to protect it. You actually are the one allowing Kaepernick to be a free man. I’d hate to think you risked your life for nothing. The flag is just a symbol of freedom. Kaepernick couldn’t get away with this in China. Are there things about China that you like better than America? Not me. I like America better. I like freedom. Thanks for keeping us free. Kaepernick pays a ton in taxes, some of which go to support the military. So he’s supporting you, whether you like him or not. But also, you’re free to express your ideas. That’s what’s awesome about America. Freedom is a great thing. I don’t think you can ever have too much freedom. I’ll keep fighting for freedom here on the home front, so guys like you don’t have to return to a country that’s less free than it was when you went overseas to protect our freedom.

  33. Freeing the slaves was a war tactic implemented by the North — to win the war, nothing more. NOT to free slaves because it was wrong or they started feeling sorry for black people.

    This whole “white soldiers died to free the slaves” is farce at best! Right before the civil war over 80% of the North did NOT want to end slavery.

    The CW was NOT about freeing slaves, merely just a military tactic/gimmick.

    So, white soldiers didn’t die to free slaves (primarily); I know that helps some people sleep better at night to think that, but it just isn’t true.

  34. @tonebones and mjkegs – With all due respect…..I served my country as well. But I don’t believe that the Iraq War had anything to do with defending our freedom. It was fought to defend the oil companies and others who profited handsomely. Kaepernick is not relevant. Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld and their lackeys sure took this country for a ride, sacrificing thousands and spending trillions. Where is the outrage……?

  35. Coaches hate distractions and Kaepernick just created a big one.

    The great thing about the USA is dopes like Kaepernick have the right disrespect our flag and country to prove a point — and we have every right to call him a moron, point out the opportunities this country provided for him, and state that there are more respectful an appropriate ways to make his point.

  36. “Native American” is a term given to Indians by the descendants of land stealers. It helps Europeans feel a little bit better to at least acknowledge the fact that the Indians were here first. -_-

  37. Here’s a wild idea, Kap: instead of playing the tired old victim card, if you’re really so concerned, how about using your ample wealth and football celebrity to actually do some good? Go to the ghettos of Chicago and talk to kids, tell them to stay in school, stay on the right side of the law, grow up to be something. Tell the boys to not have children out of wedlock, to be real fathers to the kids they do have, to be role models. You’d be looked up to and applauded by Americans of all races if you walked this path. But no, instead you whip out the victim card, a guy earning 9-figures a year in a business in which 68% of its athletes are black. You might as well partner up with Jesse Jackson and get with his shakedown program. Grow up and get a clue.

  38. Instead of spilling even more blood in the streets, peaceful protest is the much preferred method of expressing outrage over an injustice of any kind. I am open to finding a positive way forward for everyone to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors, including law enforcement. Maybe we should put more effort into understanding each other, and not finding more ways to hate each other.

    Too many nutcases won’t be happy until a lot more blood is spilled and the National Guard is in charge of law enforcement in our country. Why can’t we be smarter than that, and quit with the phony outrage over a guy sitting on a bench during the national anthem. Let’s be smarter for a change.

  39. Those advocating sending him to Canada can think again. Though our country’s “leader” currently is more about being seen than doing anything, that sort of expression of speech, while tolerated, is not welcome.

    He can do his Dolphins cap and float from South Florida to Cuba.

  40. To me, the anthem is about honoring those who have fought and sacrificed for our country. It’s not about kissing the ring of our government or showing respect to politicians and law makers. I would suggest this is not a place for making this a first amendment debate. Yes, we all have freedom of speech, but can we not honor those who fought for it for 2 minutes during our national anthem? You only hurt the feelings of the heroes of our country, not the politicians or law makers; they don’t give two Kraps about it.

    So knowing that he is alienating war veterans across the county, I’d ask, is there no other forum or way for him to get his message across? His attempt at getting his message out has been drowned out by how he attempted to make it. There will be some people who troll what I’m saying, but this is my first amendment right to state how I feel, as was it his to not honor the women and men who sacrificed so much for us to have this right.

  41. Luckily Crap is in a city with plenty of “safe spaces” but those don’t excist everywhere. Its going to be a long hard fall for this dude.

  42. OK Goodell, Kelly has no balls, so it’s up to you! Tell that piece of KRAP to stand up and respect this country’s flag or black ball him from the league!!! Stop it now or you will face all the other idiots doing the same!!

  43. apittsburgher says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:59 PM

    @tonebones and mjkegs – With all due respect…..I served my country as well. But I don’t believe that the Iraq War had anything to do with defending our freedom. It was fought to defend the oil companies and others who profited handsomely. Kaepernick is not relevant. Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld and their lackeys sure took this country for a ride, sacrificing thousands and spending trillions. Where is the outrage……?

    ******************************

    I agree with you 100%, but I didn’t want to go there with veteran, who risked his life believing he was defending freedom. I was trying to make a point about freedom being a good thing.

  44. This loser piece of crap has every right to protest whatever he wants to protest. The NFL has no obligation to provide him the platform to stage that protest though.

    He should be banished to the locker room until the opening kickoff has taken place.

  45. Continues to show the hypocrisy of the NFL and their attempt to convey they care about our military men and women. The hype of the big flag and the planes flying over as they allow one to show his contempt of the USA with no repercussion from the Forty Niners.

  46. Of course, Kelly is right. Kaep is his own man and can express his political views any way he pleases.

    And so can those who disagree with Kaep, although it does seem that many among them would like to see Kaep’s freedoms taken away from him while their own freedoms remain in place, simply because they don’t agree with him.

  47. Chip Kelly is a joke, just trying to collect checks. He’s a spineless and terrible coach (ask the Eagles). Colin is the newest MLK? This is just an example, like everything in life, that no matter what your skin color is that a few bad people screw it up for the rest of us. There are bad people of all color, but best yet there are great people of all color! Rise to the flag and be a part of the solution, not the problem. Together we stand.

  48. Think again Chip. Without taking sides or getting political in any way regarding his behavior and opinions, which he has every right to express, the fact remains it will be a distraction that follows the team as long as he’s on it. The coaches will be asked, the owners and FO will be asked, other players will be asked and depending on their opinion of it they will react to the constant questioning in each city in their own way and probably soon grow tired of it and you can bet that the press who always likes a juicy story and to fan the flames will over expose it. He will be filmed and photographed during every National Anthem from now on and there will be zealous, fanatical nut jobs who want to do something to him. This is the LAST thing this fragile, rebuilding, talent bereaved team needs.

  49. He’s free to express his opinion but the way he put it makes it sound more like he’s given up on the U.S. rather than working to make it better. That’s what I find disappointing. I think MLK would too.

  50. I think he’s is a bit over the top, but anyone that thinks racism isn’t a problem in this country is pretty much part of the problem.
    There’s an awful lot of posts in these threads that absolutely support his positon.

  51. Good for him. This country has become a sick joke/bad dream… and you can all go on pretending it isn’t while you slam your bud lights and buffalo wings every Sunday with your bro dawgs pretending it isn’t.

  52. His comments have no validity. This isn’t 1960. Every American can only blame themselves for where they are in life. Life isnt fair some people start with rich parents and lots of advantages and some dont. You are responsible for your actions regardless of race, sex, or economic status. Instead of getting mad about the 5 black men killed in confrontations with police get mad at the 315 black men killed by other black men in chicago.
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    Spoken like someone who is not African American. Until you walk in my shoes and experience the racism you deny exist in this country you are speaking from a position of ignorance.

  53. thermanmerman99 says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:09 PM

    Black privilege at its finest.
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    don’t forget, he is half white. Wonder what the white half has to say.

  54. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” – Kapernick

    Last year Kapernick was paid just shy of $20 million for the season. The Niners went 5-11.

    Does that not qualify as “getting away with murder” ?

  55. You are correct, it doesn’t affect football or the NFL. It does show what an ingrate slug Kap has become since he’s become rich.

    It used to be the only football player I wouldn’t watch was Michael Vick because of his dog fighting background. Now, I’ve added Kap to that list.

    I had season tickets to Nevada football and watched him for four years and, as a former 49er season ticket holder, I was thrilled when the 49ers drafted him.

    I’ll stick with Seattle, Green Bay and New England.

  56. I want to hang with this guy so I never have to wonder what it would be like to live on another planet.

  57. Love to hang with this guy. That way I’d never have to wonder what it’s like to live on another planet.

  58. Kelly didn’t cut a guy for making racist comments, cut this guy now and no matter what Kelly or his gm say the picture and reaction wont be pretty

  59. Over the last 24 months, he has deliberately gone out of his way to sabotage things. Something is very odd here. The guy is angry and striking out. This is definitively more than football and becoming persona non grata in the Bay. Something is happening with him and it has nothing to do with racism or the anthem.

  60. Correct me if I’m wrong didn’t Kaps father run out on Kap’s mom while pregnant? Then he was adopted and raised by a white couple?

  61. He will continue his protests for 60 minutes of game time each week while Blaine Gabbert runs the 49er offense.

    His protest is meaningless. Has he actually done anything to support this cause he says cares so much about?

  62. He essentially called his teammates selfish for standing during the anthem while he sat on the bench. That’s a great strategy for winning over a locker room – Chip is delusional if he thinks this isn’t an issue.

  63. They’re going to try and trade him to Dallas for dirt cheap, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll be released.
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    That will never work, remember, Dallas says they are AMERICA’s team, and CK has no respect for AMERICA.

  64. One: I wish PFT would just insert a reply button to comments. Two: All you uneducated individuals actually defending this terrible QB, go on enjoying your iPhones and Chinese-made goods…created from slave labor. Such hypocrites.

  65. Nice try Chip.

    Character has a lot to do with leadership. And the QB has everything to do with leading your football team.

    I thought you were smarter than that. How do you condone this behavior from the possible “leader” of your offense?

  66. 25kGold says:
    Aug 27, 2016 8:04 PM
    “Native American” is a term given to Indians by the descendants of land stealers. It helps Europeans feel a little bit better to at least acknowledge the fact that the Indians were here first. -_-

    Actually a lot of it was bought from Mexico who stole it from the Indians.

  67. Kapernick is a pathetic spoiled child. He is a digrace and does not deserve to be in the USA.

    He is divisive and gets too much attention as it is. It is disgusting to know that he is a racist.

  68. ……as much as this Kap annoys me…and I cant stand York either….someone is paying this punk millions this year to be a class A punk………lol….seems funny to me…this is just typical of the modern NFL.

  69. Actually a lot of it was bought from Mexico who stole it from the Indians.
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    And a lot of it was bought from the French who fought the Spanish who stole it from the Native Americans.

  70. What troubles me most is how in the heck to these America Haters actually end up on teams where we and I do mean we are paying them millions to badmouth the country that has made them wealthy. This garbage should be kicked off the team now period. He is rubbish and belongs with ISIS where he will be dealt with soon.

  71. Haha, good luck with Kap San Fran!
    When Miami plays you, I hope Suh wears an American flag on the front of his helmet that gets inbedded in your chest when he destroys you. If you won’t stand up, the Miami D will put you down.

  72. I don’t know why you can say it won’t affect his football status. We will the fans will affect it by boycotting all NFL games in which the 49ers appear by refusing to attend or watch including preseason, regular season and post season games if that piece of sh*t is part of the team, unless he steps up and admits he was wrong.

  73. The guy looks like a muslim terrorist and now he has the twisted mind of one too. What a sad and pathetic loser he turned out to be.

  74. If the 49ers were smart they’d trade him to Dallas for anything just to get rid of him now that Romo is hurt.

  75. I have a crappy little blog that I rarely write on. It’s just for my own entertainment. I posted what I really think about Kaep on it, because race relations in America can’t be summed up in one gesture or post in the comments section.

    Do I hate Kaep, kinda. Do I understand? Kinda. Click on my name if you want the total story.

    TLDR? Ya, I can’t sum up my opinion with so few words in the comments. I get no money from my blog and your aunt cant make millions like my cousin just for posting. I can’t tell you how awful I feel advertising it. I make no money from it, I just have a voice, and while it probably doesn’t deserve to be heard, I hope it is.

  76. I would have taken his “stand” more seriously if he did this when he was a rising star getting national VIA commercials. Now that his career path resembles the Hindenburg, this is nothing more than to get himself attention. I wonder how his wonderful parents feel about all of this. I know what they will say publicly, but how they feel inside,

  77. Oh good!!!
    I was wondering when, After 240 years, someone would finally stand up and take a stand against this.
    I’m glad it was from a black guy who has made more money playing a game than most people at their jobs, despite not being very good.

    We should aslo ask about his white adoptive parents who cares for him when his black parents had nothing to do with him.

    I’m not saying his point isn’t valid on some levels, he just seems like a person who should not be making said points.

  78. Kelley is dreaming if he thinks this will not affect football matters…. your QB likened the present day USA to the Confederate States during the civil war!!!

    anyone who believes that statement is seriously delusional

  79. So all of a sudden free speech is paramount, and the player or sports celeb should be able to say what they want or express themselves without fear of reprisal because “free speech”?

    Funny how that didn’t apply to John Rocker, Chris Culliver, Kurt Schilling, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Sterling, or Riley Cooper. Their actions/words didn’t effect football operations in any way, yet they had spoken verboten and had to be punished.

    I’m all for free speech, but lets establish a standard shall we? If freedom of expression/speech in our athletes is paramount, then it should be so regardless of whether or not the mainstream media happens to agree with the opinion or group the speaker is supporting. On the other hand, if we want our sports stars to steer clear of controversy for the good of the team, that’s fine too. But one or the other.

  80. Sounds to me like the 49ers should suspend him, for conduct detrimental to the team and organization! Let him sit with no pay and see how he feels about his stance! Personally I would just cut the creep!

  81. manureman says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:21 PM
    What are you proud Americans more proud of? the enslavement of the black man or the exterination of the red man? Please let me know.

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    How about educating yourself genius… The black race was freed from slavery in the United States in the year 1863 by then President Lincoln (Emancipation Proclamation) We now have a “Black President”, Black Entrepreneurs, Black Millionaires, (many who are members of the NFL, NBA, MLB) College Professors, Highschool Teachers, Doctors, Lawyers, Entertainers, and many I have left out…. So, who are the oppressed? You mean the special interest of those on Welfare, Section 8, Food Stamps, Special Entitlement Programs that local cities hand out down payments to single family homes to either Black or Hispanic families? The only Oppression seems to come from within the very people who cry out wanting more free gifts….Now for the “Red Man” you mentioned. There were an estimated 18 million Native Americans living north of Mexico at the beginning of the European invasion. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, American Indians were remarkably free of serious diseases. People did not often die from diseases. As the European explorers and colonists began to arrive, this changed and the consequences were disastrous for Native American people. The death tolls from the newly introduced European diseases often reached 80-90 percent. Entire groups of people vanished before the tidal wave of disease. ………..What I am trying to say here to you is simple. Before you run your mouth like a complete Arse, get your facts straight and learn about true history….You are nothing but a punk Idiot that makes nothing but noise!

  82. I heard the same crap about Ali when he refused to register for the draft. Now he’s an American hero. Kap is a football player, an entertainer. If he is that wrapped up about sitting during the anthem, sit. I love my country but I could care less whether he sits or stands. His actions don’t affect me either way.

  83. I so love this thread. The same Fox News Lemmings that continually talk about how the “liberals” only think an opinion is valid or ok, if it agrees with them, are the SAME people stating that Kaepernick can leave the country or should be fired and banned from the league, for stating his opinion.

    My entire family is military. They put their lives on the line and fought to give us the freedoms that allow us to state our opinions and to protest as we see fit.

    Do I agree with Kaepernicks protest? Hell no.
    Do I believe he has the right to protest? Hell yes.

    Go Hawks.

  84. This one season wonder who cashed in and got his $$$$ and then sucked immediately following is just setting the stage for when he is benched. Kelly is a racist and I’m being oppressed because I am black. When really it’s because he sucks and he’s an idiot.

  85. “He has the right to express his feelings.”

    Granted

    I have the right to express MY feelings.

    He’s a punk.

    This is kind of sad because San Fran used to be a classy franchise back in the 80s.

    Good thing they didn’t draft Brady in 2000.

    Pats fan

  86. Kaepernick is oppressed in a country where a black man is president and he has made millions of dollars. To think of all that the African American men and woman have done for our country, while serving in the armed forces is a disgrace. He wants to sit down during the national anthem so when he loses the qb job he can make it appear that it’s about his stance or color. Very uncool Kaepernick!

  87. b412 says:
    Aug 28, 2016 3:42 AM
    I heard the same crap about Ali when he refused to register for the draft. Now he’s an American hero.

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    Ali isn’t an American hero. Ali is respected by many for being one of the greatest athletes that ever lived as well as one of the greatest boxers that ever lived. That doesn’t make him a hero.

    Ali refused to register for the draft during a war that MANY people were refusing to fight in. The Vietnam War was something that we shouldn’t have participated in from the beginning.

    Refusing to fight in an un-just war isn’t the same as disrespecting our flag and our national anthem that hundreds of thousands of men of ALL colors died to defend.

    Where would Kaepernick be right now if the US hadn’t intervened in WWII and defeated Hitler? He probably wouldn’t exist.

  88. thermanmerman99 says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:09 PM
    Black privilege at its finest.
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    It worked for the KKK and Jim Crow america. There you go again, proving the point, a black man in america isn’t entitled to equal treatment in america. Until america comes to grips with it’s race issue, which will be never, I choose to spell america with a small “a”, for it hasn’t grown up yet.

  89. alonestartexan says:
    Aug 28, 2016 3:08 PM

    Ali isn’t an American hero. Ali is respected by many for being one of the greatest athletes that ever lived as well as one of the greatest boxers that ever lived. That doesn’t make him a hero.

    Ali refused to register for the draft during a war that MANY people were refusing to fight in. The Vietnam War was something that we shouldn’t have participated in from the beginning.

    Refusing to fight in an un-just war isn’t the same as disrespecting our flag and our national anthem that hundreds of thousands of men of ALL colors died to defend.

    Where would Kaepernick be right now if the US hadn’t intervened in WWII and defeated Hitler? He probably wouldn’t exist.
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    You’ve a skewed perspective.

    Fact: Ali is and was a hero to Black America for standing up to the US Gov’t, who for centuries had, and still does, oppress Black people. You’re not Black, so you’re clueless about anyones perspective but your own. That makes you a narrow minded individual. If you want to know what Black people think, ask a Black man that’s been around since the 50’s.

    AND Ali was a hero to many White American’s for standing up to the same oppressive US Gov’t who chose to involve itself in an unjust money grabbin’ war for profit scheme, under the guise of “fighting communism.” Ever notice the country has been in proverbial “war” mode since the 50’s? Eisenhower warned citizens this would happen. And it did…trumped up war for profit at every turn.

  90. mjkegs says:
    Aug 27, 2016 7:22 PM
    16 Months I severed in Iraq. Along with my brothers who were black, white, yellow, brown. Didn’t matter. We were all there to fight for the red, white, and blue. Missed my wife, and son dearly. I didn’t do it for politics, race, religion. I did it to keep our county free and my brothers next to me alive. Who were from all race and religions. To disrespect the flag or our anthem is spitting on what my brothers and I sacrificed for. It’s a free county which means it’s free to leave if you don’t support it. GET OUT!!! I wish the NFL and 49ers would prove a point here and kick this POS out of the league. Millions he makes. What a joke.
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    You weren’t inducted by a draft. You signed up to go to that war. As it turns out, it was a trumped war for profit scheme that was wrapped up in that flag you hold so dear. The men who initiated that war defiled your flag. In short, you were USED.

    Some of us vets were used as far back as Vietnam. We’re over it…you need to acknowledge the truth so you can heal and move on too. Don’t trust the people who run this country brother! They’re nothing but liars and thieves that manipulate others to get what they want…Flag waving is one of many ways they manipulate the masses…patriotism my arse…show me a patriot, I’ll show you an ill informed idiot. Ask Pat Tillman’s mom how Pat felt about the military…bunch of lying scum is what they are.

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