Colin Kaepernick: My pig socks were a statement on rogue cops

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Although it was overlooked at the time, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore socks during training camp that depicted pigs wearing police uniforms. Today those socks became the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and so Kaepernick issued a statement.

“I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust,” Kaepernick wrote on Instagram. “I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately.”

Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before last week’s preseason game thrust him into the forefront of a national conversation, a conversation that will continue as Kaepernick again refuses to stand before tonight’s game.

Kaepernick, however, seems to view the socks as a distraction from that conversation. It seems a little silly to be focusing on someone’s socks, but it’s a safe bet that everything Kaepernick says, does and wears will be scrutinized this season.

179 responses to “Colin Kaepernick: My pig socks were a statement on rogue cops

  1. Please, please, please, please don’t sign this guy Vikings. With all this guy’s baggage, I’d prefer Sid Luckman’s corpse.

  2. So ready for week 1 so the media can go back to reporting about players that actually play…This is getting worse the Manziel Mania, Tebow Time, and Deflategate

  3. We realize nobody actually killed Freddie Gray right?
    He just sort of died, no officers were responsible or did anything wrong. Dont just die out there kids.

  4. >>> it’s a safe bet that everything Kaepernick says, does and wears will be scrutinized this season <<<

    poor Colin the victim…what a bunch of…

  5. Kaepernick’s stance has really done a lot to help this issue……said no one ever! He sits the bench during the anthem so he can get use to being there during games. He’s disrespectful to police in general and doesn’t deserve any of the attention he gets. I’ll be glad when he is back to being a non story.

  6. Seriously, are we going to have to hear his name all season long. Can we just make him go away, like forever?

  7. Meanwhile, he’s done a brilliant job of deflecting attention away from how poorly he now plays.

    Not to mention that when he is inevitably cut he can now say that it was because of his political beliefs.

    Adios Idiota.

  8. Geez, who knew that we’d be missing the “I’m so cool with my headphones” bicep-kissing Kaepernick?

  9. My mom use to call my brothers friends ( that she didn’t approve of) PUKES…. I’d say she’d feel the same way about this clown as well!!!

  10. The only pig Colin is you. Your race shots people of the same race dead in the streets in huge numbers on a daily basis. You have a much better chance of getting shot by your black neighbor than you do a cop.

  11. i, flounder says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:07 PM

    time for knuckle draggers to work up a froth.
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    It takes a Liberal to resort to instant name calling folks who disagree with your opinion…no suprise

  12. This toxic delusional has been is doing more to worsen race relations, then he is to improve them. Ironically he has stabbed in the back one of the most positive entities that actually help to strengthen race relations in America: the NFL.

  13. Kaepernick is a fool. This logic is akin to using the n word for a person of color, and then saying, oh wait, that’s only meant for the bad ones. Umm yeah, good luck with THAT one! Historically the comparison of a cop and pig has been used for ALL of them. You can’t just rewrite history because it’s convenient, a slur is a slur, and that was a BIG mistake. It shows he is less interested in justice than inciting hate.

  14. Maybe Colin can get tattoos of the pig sox to show his long term commitment to the issue. Colin is beginning to challenge Ryan Lochte re intelligence. He could get his hair dyed silver-blue for further effect.

  15. When is a black figure-head going to stand-up & address the violence in the black community?

    White-shaming & police-hating isn’t productive.

  16. I dare him to wear pigs wearing the gang colors and symbols of the people who really kill black people. I’d respect that.

  17. mzew233 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:09 PM

    We realize nobody actually killed Freddie Gray right?
    He just sort of died, no officers were responsible or did anything wrong. Dont just die out there kids

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    Just because people have an issue with the way Kaepernick is going about this doesn’t mean that they are claiming that there are zero issues with police.

  18. Why doesn’t he wear socks that depict pro football players in jail uniforms? You know…to… depict the rogue NFL Players that are allowed to hold positions in the NFL, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops, fans, owners, citizens…etc.etc.etc…. that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust.

    What’s the friggin’ difference?

  19. What a tool –

    on a side note, the NFL’s response will be a memo stating the mandating of uniformity of practice attire.

  20. Yea, have fun with the police the rest of your life….you’ll NEVER get a break.
    If there’s one group not to push…it’s the POLICE!
    …just when you think he couldn’t do anything dumber.
    Guess he learned all he knows from Aldon Smith

  21. Rogue people put people in danger period, duh. Confrontational socks is easily considered discriminate as well and accomplishes nothing but negativity.

  22. We have a twice elected African American president and a bi-racial QB that make $11m a year to play a game.

    Money doesn’t make you smart, sorry Kap

  23. There good people and bad people. Some of the good folks happen to be black, white, Asian, and cops and the same goes for the bad people.

  24. Those socks are something kids back in high school would wear. Kaepernick protests like a 15-16 year old teenager. He doesn’t actually do anything try to help the situation. He just pouts and says “I’m not standing up for the anthem until I see significant change. The cops are killing unarmed teenagers. What can I do to help? I know I’ll wear socks with pigs wearing police hats. That’ll teach them.”

    It’s like he has been sheltered his whole life and just found out, this past year, that there’s a huge problem with our country’s policing. What’s next? Egging police cars? Burning the flag?

  25. Now hes just intentionally trying to get kicked out of the NFL. He’s giving himself an excuse for himself so he doesn’t have to realize the truth that he is not a very good QB anymore

  26. This guy is rapidly becoming radioactive. The 49ers can’t put up with this much longer, and no team would be foolish enough to touch him once he becomes a free agent.

  27. But, it is so much easier and fun to discuss him wearing pig socks and not standing for the anthem, than it is to discuss the real issues.

  28. An exchange from Stripes comes to mind the next time Kaep may need the help of law enforcement…

    Sgt. Hulka: Lighten up, Francis. You’re all in this together… one of these men may save your life one day, you understand that?
    John Winger: Then again, maybe one of us won’t…

  29. I still think this is all to set up a lawsuit for when he gets cut or benched. Now he can claim political discrimination.

  30. Funny how Fan Boy Army attacks a dude with a legitimate beef about rogue cops that break the rules but, oh my, if Colin wore a Kill Goodell t-shirt, Fan Boy Army would love him and cherish him forevah. Poor FBA, always in need of a cause so they can feel they are needed. Sad.

  31. fumblenuts says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:08 PM

    If this tool ever needs the cops, I’m sure they will hurry right over……….NOT!
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    What you said right there would actually prove that Kaepernick is right.

  32. We realize nobody actually killed Freddie Gray right? He just sort of died, no officers were responsible or did anything wrong.
    ===========================
    The other alleged criminal in back of the van states that Freddie Gray was thrashing about all by himself… He had no dog in the fight so I tend to believe what he witnessed….

  33. Give him a break, he’s confused. He was adopted and raised by white people in a loving home. He was raised Christian and has covered his body with scripture ,that be the Bible ,tattoos. He is now Muslim ,ooops . He used to eat meat and never had to worry about his diet ,now his girlfiend is deciding all that . He used to be a starting quarter back in the N.F.L. but now he is about to get terminated. Everybody used to love him but now he is easily the most hated and radioactive player currently employed by the league .

  34. Love seeing the all of the peeps get triggered about this. 😂😂😂

    Who cares?

    You’re all gonna get your wish if he gets cut because these Old Cowardly Anonymous Execs are gonna blackball him afterwards.
    Non Issue to me. And I agree with him if he really means it’s for the rouge officers.Dirty Cops make the jobs of those GOOD cops out there even more difficult

  35. Kaepernick acts like he is trying to get cut this weekend.

    Few things are more pathetic to watch than someone who has no idea he is making a complete fool out of himself, and continues on that path until the media turns off the cameras and walks away, and he suddenly has no audience anymore.

  36. His methods certainly deserve scrutiny (maybe not condemnation, but at least scrutiny), but if you read his statement above it is hard to paint him as a “cops are the enemy, kill em” advocate. After those who are transgressors – on both sides – it is the people – again, on both sides – who take an extreme and unwavering stance (either all cops saints or all cops evil) that are the biggest part of the problem and keep us from exploring and addressing in a rational manner issues in the system and the way these populations interact.

  37. When is a black figure-head going to stand-up & address the violence in the black community?
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    Unfortunately probably never… The black community tends to not waver from their universal opinion on the subject.

  38. siriusred67 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:26 PM
    This guy is rapidly becoming radioactive. The 49ers can’t put up with this much longer, and no team would be foolish enough to touch him once he becomes a free agent.

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    Oh really? What do you think happens if they cut him? The African American community will have a FIELD DAY. Couple that with chip Kelly’s decision to keep cooper on the Eagles after his racist comments and you have complete chaos. He pretty much solidified his roster spot by what he did. I applaud him, continue to & pray he’s doing it for the right reasons (difference being cooper straight up said the n word & kaep isn’t coming at the white community, just how the black community is treated)

  39. “When is a black figure-head going to stand-up & address the violence in the black community?”

    Jim Brown did that on NFL Network a few days ago during a round-table conversation about Kaepernick sitting during the anthem. It looked like the others in the discussion were surprised by his comment, and they didn’t ask him any more questions after he said that.

  40. arzcardinals says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:19 PM
    Yea, have fun with the police the rest of your life….you’ll NEVER get a break.
    If there’s one group not to push…it’s the POLICE!
    …just when you think he couldn’t do anything dumber.
    Guess he learned all he knows from Aldon Smith

    You just illustrated his point. Are you implying that police can’t be professional and do the job they are paid to do under the guidelines set forth in the city that they work? Hmmmm

  41. I bet you’d be hard pressed to find anyone wearing a Colin jersey anywhere in San Francisco nowadays. In the Harbaugh years you couldn’t turn a street corner without seeing one. I bet there’s a lot of 9er gear gathering dust in closets these days. The bandwagoners of those years must feel completely stupid now.

  42. This whole thing seems like something his agent or lawyer thought of to be able to file a wrongful termination suit when he is getting cut for non-performance and no one else wants him. “Your Honor, my client feels he was terminated for his political stance and should be entitled to the pay he would have otherwise received…”

  43. And he picks the year he’s coming off multiple surgeries weighing like 150 pounds to take these controversial stands. It’s like he wants out of the league.

  44. “Can someone please put a sock in this guy’s mouth?”
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    or a Pig!!

  45. anarchopurplism says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:16 PM
    When is a black figure-head going to stand-up & address the violence in the black community?

    White-shaming & police-hating isn’t productive.
    ======================================
    Right now, the Black Lives Matter folks are busy taking on Israel. They will get to problems in the black community on their time.

  46. This loser is an idiot.
    Stop talking about him.
    All he wants is attention and everybody is giving it to him.
    Know why BLM hasn’t burned a city down lately?
    Because the media stopped talking about them.
    See how that works?
    Shut up and it goes away.

  47. Start him tonight, play him 4 quarters, give the vets the night off, and let him play with the rookies and free agents. He’ll get his.

  48. “Kaepernick, however, seems to view the socks as a distraction from that conversation. It seems a little silly to be focusing on someone’s socks, but it’s a safe bet that everything Kaepernick says, does and wears will be scrutinized this season.”

    Scrutinized by you and other media types, maybe.

    The vast majority of us really don’t care what he does.

  49. Try being a white guy who, when accused of racism says “but I have black friends….” and see how that dude gets torn to shreds.

    But this guy can roll with “but I have friends who are cops…”

    This dude is the Dixie Chicks of football. He’s forgotten he’s an entertainer and he is clueless as to his target audience and who the real audience is – who and how he will continue to collect a paycheck.

    But, to his credit, he picked a great time to be supported by knee jerk, unthinking masses who will celebrate even a millionaire’s “victim” status.

  50. Rob Murphy says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:12 PM
    Try being a white guy who, when accused of racism says “but I have black friends….” and see how that dude gets torn to shreds.

    But this guy can roll with “but I have friends who are cops…”

    This dude is the Dixie Chicks of football. He’s forgotten he’s an entertainer and he is clueless as to his target audience and who the real audience is – who and how he will continue to collect a paycheck.

    But, to his credit, he picked a great time to be supported by knee jerk, unthinking masses who will celebrate even a millionaire’s “victim” status.
    ______________
    This comment gives the Dixie Chicks a bad name.

  51. Funny how Fan Boy Army attacks a dude with a legitimate beef about rogue cops…
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    Except this dude has never had any dealings with rogue cops. So where does his “legitimate” beef come from?

  52. If this tool ever needs the cops, I’m sure they will hurry right over……….NOT!

    I disagree. The majority of police officers are professionals that go about their jobs with integrity and pride. I’m sure they’d respond swiftly to a citizens need. Even if it’s Kapernick.

  53. I remember meeting Willie Mays at Candlestick Park on his first day in San Francisco. He was very nervous- I asked him why. He said his black buddies in New York had convinced him that the police in San Francisco kill black people just to see them die. I took Willie to the Mayor’s office where he found his biggest fan everywhere- the Mayor. Then I took Willie to a sports bar a block away- he had a great time there. His buddies had poisoned his mind Now Kaepernick is poisoning other people’s minds. Racist Kaepernick is worse than all the cops in San Francisco put together.

  54. The NFL can cut him after the police departments around the country cut the rogue police officers that have mistakenly (maybe intentionally) shot unarmed black people. Period.

  55. If police departments show stronger disciplinary action against cops for these incidents, then maybe black people will trust them more. Too often they get paid leave and are back at work in 2 weeks while an unarmed black teenager is dead and will never be back at work.

  56. The hole he is digging is getting deeper and deeper. He proves just how racist he and those who support him are….

  57. Wait till this piece of crap calls for the police, wait till security lets him high and dry walking to his car, this person is a disgrace to San Fran and the NFL. Obvious he see nothing wrong in all the looting and destroying of innocent peoples property when the oppressed ones feel it is entitled to steal beer and TV’s or under ware when they feel wronged. Plan leaving schools to invade a Walmart is OK. I guess he has no socks for those actions.

  58. This is now becoming about him. When your protest needs to be immediately followed by an explanation on who you were targeting you may be off the mark. Also, his comment “I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people.” sound like the guy who says “by best friend is (insert race)” after making an insensitive, general racial comment. This just happens to be about police.

  59. What a complete jackass. Here is a suggestion. How about the 49ers refuse any and all police protection at their games. No escorts for buses. Nothing. After all, how can you tell which ones are the “rogue” cops?

    And this idiot remains silent on the daily scourge of black on black violence.

  60. glac1 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:43 PM
    The hole he is digging is getting deeper and deeper. He proves just how racist he and those who support him are….
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    Evidence is actually showing how racist some cops are. Get the facts straight.

    Here are some facts about Ferguson, MO:
    “As for data, the report found that blacks were disproportionately targeted by the police and the justice system. Blacks make up 67 percent of the population in Ferguson. But they make up 85 percent of people subject to vehicle stops and 93 percent of those arrested. Blacks are twice as likely to be searched as whites, but less likely to have drugs or weapons.”

    So, why would you expect black people to trust cops in Ferguson or anywhere else?

  61. notsurewhy2 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:15 PM

    Colin Kaepernick converting to Islam article incoming in
    3, 2, 1…
    __________________________

    Beat me to it…

  62. “I wanted to address this immediately”

    Yes, that’s a good idea – address this immediately.

    Because in the very near future you will likely not be playing in the NFL anymore, and no one will care what you say or do ever again.

  63. “The NFL can cut him after the police departments around the country cut the rogue police officers that have mistakenly (maybe intentionally) shot unarmed black people. Period.”

    More unarmed whites are shot by police. Can they stay on the force?

    Truf to power!

  64. When people call the police, they expect them to do their job, and, hopefully, not send some stupid cop ready to shoot unarmed people. Police departments must weed out these stupid cops to gain public trust. Not the other way around. The public should NOT remain silent about these incidents. What is your confusion? We all should speak up about this. Are you blind?

  65. I really could care less what he thinks or does. He doesn’t have the capability to rile me with this antics, I just wish most of the posters felt the same way.

    His football skills have almost completely disappeared, I’ll bet the 49ers wish his contract would also because no matter what he protests or wears for socks, he’s getting his money either way.

  66. As a military member, I absolutely support his right to speak and protest – that’s why this is the greatest nation on earth.

    I just wish he (and the many who hold such views) actually knew the facts and engaged in REAL dialogue, and didn’t just run around screaming that everyone is racist.

    The REAL conversation is to identify the root causes of societal inequality (and some of the answers will be uncomfortable for the african american community). Unfortunately, that topic is hard, while blindly screaming about the police is easy.

  67. The Rams came out with ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,’ which was a flat-out lie that never happened. In fact, Ferguson — which served to launch George Soros’ Black Lives Matter — was all a lie.

    And the NFL let it go.

    The Cowboys were told by the NFL they can’t use a freaking helmet sticker to honor Dallas’ fallen cops, murdered by a BLM terrorist.

    Now this ass-hat Kaepernick, a player whom we would never know about if SF doesn’t play Dom Capers’ defense three times in a span of 18 months, is allowed to wear cop-hating socks as some lame gesture to boost his persona since he can’t throw an out pattern now that he’s off the juice.

    The 49ers keeping him on their roster is a disgrace. And he will be a distraction the entire season.

  68. Kaep has an answer for EVERYTHING other than his horrid play the last 2 seasons.

    I can’t wait till we don’t have to heard anything more about him. He’s a waste of time.

  69. So this guy says that he made a statement initially that didn’t garner much attention, and then he makes another statement that does garner attention to “police brutality”. Will this dude continue to make a positive difference towards his cause once he doesn’t have the spotlight of the NFL to leech on to? I don’t mean to sound like a pessimist, but as a black man that amount of black on black crime, and black’s murdering blacks is far more alarming than any police killings there have been. I am older than Kaepernick by about 40 years and I have seen much much more than he has. In my opinion the African American community would be much better served if athletes came out and told young people that idolize them to listen and be obedient to police officers. These police officers are your friends. The gang banger and drug dealer down the street are not your friends. Kaepernick grew up with privilege, and while it is a worthy cause to bring to light where atrocities are happening I believe it would be more productive if he encouraged communities to run their local drug dealer out of business. Have a dialogue with local police. Stop making statements that won’t solve the issues at hand. Encourage residents of West Baltimore to turn in their guns, report all the drug dealing that goes on. Clean up your neighborhoods. Stop blaming what happened 200 years ago. Work hard to clean up your own backyard. If the drug dealers, pushers, and junkies are still there then nothing will change.
    Good effort Kap, but I believe that your focus should be elsewhere. Stop pointing a finger. Come up with a solution.

  70. He’s talking like a guy who knows his NFL days are numbered, one way or another. Dude went vegan 9 months ago too and is skinnier than ever. He’s not acting like a guy who wants a long NFL career. He might just retire.

  71. After seeing his play on the field this year and last, I couldn’t think I would witness anything more offensive-until he opened his mouth again!

  72. Freedom of expression is a basic right in a free society but being well informed is also as important. The facts just do not support his premise.

  73. Your pig socks don’t state “only for rogue cops”. Yeah, you have freedom of expression, and you’re doing a bang up job of abusing it.

  74. fumblenuts says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:08 PM
    If this tool ever needs the cops, I’m sure they will hurry right over……….NOT!

    _________________________

    Actually yes they will hurry on over and if need be will put their own lives on the line to save him. That’s what they do.

    And he will not tell them to get back that he can’t take their help because he is protesting. He will take their help without hesitation and let them put their lives to save him no problem.

    In fact, if by any chance he happens to be an NFL player he has enjoyed a measure of police protection every time he goes to the stadium. Or did he turn that down and I just didn’t know that.

  75. More NFL players should take a knee and not stand for an anthem created by a slave owning lawyer who spent his life fighting against the rights of African-Americans.

  76. skawh says:
    Sep 3, 2016 8:59 PM
    More NFL players should take a knee and not stand for an anthem created by a slave owning lawyer who spent his life fighting against the rights of African-Americans.

    If only folks would dig as deep into the foibles of non-whites instead of blaming whites for everything perhaps we could make progress as a nation.

    It’s a Professional Blamers version of “the teacher hates me”.

    So tell us, should whites whose homes, cars and businesses were destroyed by BLM supporters now blame “blacks” in general for their troubles? Should they be suspicious of all blacks now? How about the blacks that were similarly affected? I guess it’s OK, no one seems to care that each year more blacks are killed by their own race than by any other means.

    Before any of us can move forward, we must first remove the chains of the past. Dwelling on the negative aides no one and only ensures that race relations will continue to falter while a chosen few make big$$ feeding us deliberate misinformation.

    I’m not saying we should forget, rather remember, but move forward. But some folks won’t let that happen since it would shine the light of day on their nefarious machinations.

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