Will Kaepernick remove the flag decal from his helmet tonight?

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As the 49ers prepare to face the Chargers in San Diego and as quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to exercise his First Amendment-given and NFL-approved right to sit during the national anthem in a town with a high concentration of military personnel, another question is unresolved.

Will he remove the American flag decal from his helmet?

TV footage of last Friday’s game between the Packers and 49ers shows plainly that Kaepernick’s helmet still had a decal of the flag that he has decided not to honor. It’s unknown whether he considered removing it then, or whether he’s considering removing it for Thursday night’s game.

It’s a fair question to ponder, especially in light of the image making the rounds of Kaepernick wearing socks at practice earlier this month showing pigs in police hats. It’s a much broader attack on law enforcement than his deliberate, thoughtful remarks about the topic from Sunday, and it invites plenty of speculation about how else he’ll go about making his point.

The NFL has said that players are encouraged but not required to stand for the anthem. The NFL has not yet responded to the question posed by PFT on Wednesday of whether players may remove the flag decal from their helmets.

UPDATE 11:40 a.m. ET: The NFL says the flag decal on a player’s helmet may not be removed.

76 responses to “Will Kaepernick remove the flag decal from his helmet tonight?

  1. can we please stop with this dude. He is doing all of this for a girl, he turned vegan for his girl and now this for his girl. Guy just wants to get some action so he is going all out.

  2. The headline reads “Will Kaepernick remove the flag decal from his helmet tonight?”. I think the bigger question should be “Will 49ers remove Kaepernick from roster this weekend?”

  3. his deliberate, thoughtful remarks about the topic from Sunday

    Thoughtful? You have to be kidding. “Paid leave for committing murder” If you think that’s thoughtful then you need to stop and think.

  4. I would love it if right after his little “protest” tonight, he is released. While on the bench.

  5. Kaepernick is against the oppression of minorities and police brutality… Please stop trying to create your own narrative.

    No one is commenting on the actual issue, it is easier to create a false narrative, wrap yourself in the flag and hate everyone who does not support you faux outrage.

    #veteransforkaepernick

  6. The police shootings are horrible but the Flag is the wrong target, Colin. In these trying times it is the ONE THING that unites us whether we are black, white or in between. Many blacks have died for that Flag, my friend. Also, to compare the American Flag to the Confederate flag is disrespectful to all the soldiers who died for the cause of anti-slavery. BTW, local PDs are not part of the federal government. And you’ve also succeeded in insulting…cosmetologists? You are a very confused person, as well as a very confused QB.

  7. So when will the media pick up on and discuss the REAL problem here.
    That 2-3% of the total population in the US (black males between the ages of 15-35) commit ~60% of ALL crime, ~90% of all violent crime, and 99% of all rapes?

    And this is a racism problem in police departments?
    It is a crime problem primarily and overwhelmingly committed by young black men and the black community needs to finally step to the plate and correct it and quit blaming their issues on whites, the government, media, police, etc.

    Notice that Asians, who were treated historically as badly as any slave, don’t have this issue. Why is that?

  8. Nah… that would be a uniform violation.. and a fine.

    Kap is exercising his “rights”, as long as it doesn’t cost
    him any jack… Strong principles huh?

    .

  9. I feel sorry for Kap now that i found out he was being advise by a long time political activist. He is just being used. plus i seen a good post on facebook form a military guy. His comment was it is all media driven. The media uses the platform to sell their stuff which I agree with but it just shows why the media is the problem

  10. There is a difference between the flag and the National Anthem … he did NOT disrespect the flag and I’m tired of hearing it.

    He DID disrespect the National Anthem and I support his right to do so, as do so many veterans.

  11. This guy has lost the plot. One day he is talking about oppression, the next day he is wearing a t-shirt that glorifies a tyrant oppressor. One day he is talking about bringing people together, the next time is his practicing in socks that make a statement that generalizes an entire profession. He keeps bringing attention to himself. Perhaps this country is starving for a better debate around police relations as it pertains to minority communities, however the debate has instead been about this guy’s right to protest and the prudence of his protest – about him not his issue.

    In a few days it will be 9/11. Our country has had it’s time of division and its times of unity. Despite our difference, we stood together on 9/11. If he sits it out on 9/11…….

  12. Man…what a great question. You guys sure do know how to stir the pot.

    This entire issue is GREAT fodder for discourse. It has brought out the officious, the humane, and the ignorant and put them all on parade.

  13. So let me get this straight. It’s wrong to assume all black people are bad people and profiling is bad. On the other hand it’s OK to assume all cops are racist pigs and out to get all black and people of color? Kap how prejudice does that sound?

  14. There are many bad people in this world….just because a notable few have done reprehensible things shouldn’t paint the rest of them in a negative light. There are bad people in law enforcement, but also at your local grocery store, or bank, or big box store, or even at your church. There are bad people in the NFL, too. Just because someone like Aaron Hernandez or OJ Simpson or Ray Caruth played football, does that mean ALL football players are painted with that same broad brush? There are tens of thousands of police in the United States, and maybe a couple of hundred that have done horrible things over the years — abuse of power, etc. does that mean all are bad? I’d say there is probably as large, and possibly even larger, percentage of bad people in the NFL than any other walk of life, including law enforcement. It doesn’t excuse what has happened, but it also shouldn’t lead to them all to be treated or seen as bad people.

  15. tfppft says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:28 AM
    Alex Smith is looking pretty good right now.
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    No…. no he isn’t. He still sucks.

    Yes, Kap has regressed, but fact is the 49ers wouldnt have gotten past the Packers in the playoffs with Alex freaking Smith.

  16. sariff420 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:18 AM

    What other job makes someone stand for the national anthem before starting your work day?
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    I am a retired 35 year teacher. We stood for the pledge and the National Anthem every day.

  17. .
    The horse died, decomposed, became a rotting carcass and is now nothing more than a pile of sunbleached bones. Yet, it continues to be beaten mercilessly.
    .

  18. I’m sure if he removes the flag the NFL will fine him for a uniform violation. But as many others have said, can we please get off this already? All we are doing is feeding negativity.

  19. Easiest way the 49’ers can diffuse this situation if they decide to keep him would be to hold him in the locker room until kick off. Teams come out for warm ups then go back in for final prep, at that time just tell idiot that he will not leave the tunnel until the ball is kicked into the air. Take away his stage…

  20. sariff420 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:18 AM
    What other job makes someone stand for the national anthem before starting your work day?

    If your workday started with the playing of the National Anthem at your job site, then they all would. What an asinine comparison.

  21. Who cares? Why can’t we just let this guy wash away already? Luckily for us, Kap has no influence of control over anything that makes a difference in the U.S.

  22. As a U.S Army non-combat Veteran (1983-1987), I was appalled at Kap’s sitting through the anthem and his belief that this is the best platform to protest on, but I do believe in his right to do so, but when you show up to practice in socks depicting Police officers as pigs, you are not just calling bad Police officers pigs, you are calling ALL Police officers pigs, to me, this is not protest, it’s subtle incitement. I also find it funny that S.F endorses his actions, I hope he understands that equality means equality for the Police too. Better hope calling 911 isn’t in your near future, kap.

  23. rocksolid33 , no he isn’t. He is about distracting from the fact he can’t play. The other crap is just that. Police aren’t out murdering people because of their race. They are in the middle of a genocide of black people by their own. They are charged with babysitting an entire generation of black men that can’t function civilly.

  24. When I was much younger I lived in a country that REQUIRED me to begin most days by reciting a loyalty oath and a formulaic religious incantation to the dominant sect; if I did not comply I would have been sent home immediately and not allowed to return until I did comply.
    Finally I reached an age where I could think and act without so many constraints and began to realize just how pernicious this indoctrination had become – wasn’t really a requirement until after WWII but no one seemed to understand that.
    I still live in the same country – the USA – but these days it’s up to ME to decide when it’s appropriate to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or the Lord’s Prayer.
    Obviously, not everyone thinks individuals should be able to decide these things for themselves, even in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

  25. He should be suspended for conduct detrimental to the league. He’s an employee. You can’t have him doing stupid things that make a lot of paying customers angry. I couldn’t do what he does on my job and still have a job. He shouldn’t either.

  26. Fair question? You make up something and it’s a fair question? If the courts don’t care if you burn the flag not standing up for the National Anthem is minor. What’s worse is you self righteous people didn’t notice he did the same thing the week before. Need those stories to stir the pot and fill space 24/7.

  27. He is a joke. Raised by white parents in an upper-middle class neighborhood. Went to college at U of N, Reno on a full ride and then was drafted by the 9rs.

    Why does anyone believe he knows anything about oppression in America. Maybe he read about it in a book or something.

  28. catquick says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:38 AM
    He is creating more hatred than he is solving.

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    You are whatever you say you are. Your reaction is your choice, not his. Try a little understanding instead. And don’t blame him for your hatred.

  29. Kaepernick wearing socks at practice earlier this month showing pigs in police hats?

    This tool should be CUT right away!

  30. Half of the things I believed in my 20’s I don’t agree with in my 50’s You all need to find something else to concern yourselves with.

  31. What a damn moron !!! Oh he is really oppressed making millions a year. He is the problem not the solution to the racism issue. I can only pray that one day he needs help from the police or military and they laugh in his face. He is a disgrace to America!!

  32. Curious what form of thoughtful and considered debate he thought the socks would inspire. They would seem to represent the opposite of what he claims to espouse, pretty sure the resolution to our issues isn’t going to be found by feeding divisiveness.

  33. This guy is a FRAUD. Clay Travis posted pictures of him and his family. He’s like Arnold and Willis living with Mr. Drummond and Kimberly except he’s more white than either of them. He’s called people the N word. He’s an idiot. Get this moron out of the NFL.

  34. jags2daship says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:30 AM
    Have fun joining isis when you get retired tonight with a busted knee. He can eat a bag of you know whats
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    Probably baby carrots since he’s a vegan now.

  35. Just curious – what do you think is the symbolic difference beween the flag and the national anthem?

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    nflazcardsfan says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:31 AM
    There is a difference between the flag and the National Anthem … he did NOT disrespect the flag and I’m tired of hearing it.

    He DID disrespect the National Anthem and I support his right to do so, as do so many veterans.

  36. Vegas should offer a proposition bet on it. Seriously, why should clickbaiting sports blogs be the only ones to make a profit from adulterated patriotism? It would be fun … the flag waving loudmouths would have to wait for someone to tell them what to think about it.

  37. Kaepernicklehead should read the paper and see what happen in North Korea, maybe he will not be so fast to spit on a country that allows him to have free speech.

  38. “It’s a fair question to ponder”

    not really, it’s just stirring up racists.

    He never suggested he would deface his game uniform.

    I am so sick of this story line and piling on of this guy.

  39. blowoff2014 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:56 PM

    Just curious – what do you think is the symbolic difference beween the flag and the national anthem?

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    nflazcardsfan says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:31 AM
    There is a difference between the flag and the National Anthem … he did NOT disrespect the flag and I’m tired of hearing it.

    He DID disrespect the National Anthem and I support his right to do so, as do so many veterans.

    The National Anthem is about Francis Scott Key watching a whole lot of heroes dying in a battle for freedom against an oppressor, and he noticed that when the battle was over, “the flag was still there”, so I see the difference, the anthem is a song, the flag represents this country, so yes, he did in fact disrespect the flag, MY flag. Look up the US flag and what the colors on it represent, maybe you will learn about respect.

  40. “Raised by white parents in an upper-middle class neighborhood” ahahahahahahahahah LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    You have obviously never been to, heard of, or googled Turlock, CA. Local’s from other sh_t towns in the same agri-valley called San Joaquin refer to it as Turd-lock. There is NOTHING upper or middle-class about it. It’s a farm-town that you blink and miss as you drive along I-5 in either direction.

    Kap is a 4.0 honor-roll student, and graduated college that way. It’s painfully obvious that the regulars on this site are neither, and further proof that Reagan’s funding cuts to education have had serious consequences.

  41. Ohhhh cant wait until I sit there waiting for him to peel off his flag decal. Too bad there is nothing more exciting or relevant happening in the world. Right.

  42. If this turd is so against oppression why was he wearing a shirt with a picture of Castro on it?
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    My guess is because he has no idea who Castro is/was and what he stands for. He probably just figured Castro is Anti-American and wanted to align himself with that. This punk and others like him have no idea how progressive America is compared to other countries. Do you see any mega-rich athletes in Cuba, Colin? No. The U.S. is so great it allows fools like Colin to become rich, spout off crap about the country that supports them, and not respect the symbols of freedom that have allowed them to prosper. This guy has replaced Vick as my most-disliked football played of all time.

  43. rho1953

    “no he isn’t. He is about distracting from the fact he can’t play. The other crap is just that. Police aren’t out murdering people because of their race. They are in the middle of a genocide of black people by their own. They are charged with babysitting an entire generation of black men that can’t function civilly”.

    rho1953

    Are you really saying, Kaepernick is sooooo devious that he is using police brutality as a cover to protect his NFL contract?

    That is laughable…

    Genocide of “black people”… So Eric Garner, Filando Castile and Walter Scott were engaging in genocide when they were murdered?

    Generation of black men that can’t function civilly… For the record I am a black man, I earn a nice six figure salary and I seem to be functioning just fine.

    Seems like you are watching too much Fox News and listening to Rush. Your generalization of black men speaks to your ignorance, but I am sure you already know that.

  44. This just in, Kaepernick was quoted as saying “there’s still minorties being oppressed.” He never said he was oppressed yet white America continue to twist his story.

    More news at 6

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