SANTA CLARA, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America — specifically when it comes to race relations.

He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized, ostracized, and he’ll go it all alone if need be.

The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he’s ready for that, too, saying he’s not overly concerned about his safety, but “if something happens that’s only proving my point.”

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Two days after he refused to stand for the “The Star Spangled Banner” before the 49ers’ preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know “I did what’s right.” He said he hasn’t heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions — and it won’t matter if he does.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”

Kaepernick also went after presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?” Kaepernick said, according to Niners Wire.

Letting his hair go au natural and sprinting between drills as usual, Kaepernick took the field Sunday with the 49ers as his stance drew chatter across NFL camps.

He explained his viewpoints to teammates in the morning, some agreeing with his message but not necessarily his method. Some said they know he has offended his countrymen, others didn’t even know what he had done.

“Every guy on this team is entitled to their opinion. We’re all grown men,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said.

“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”

Both Bowman and Smith are African American.

Some fans were so upset they posted videos of them burning Kaepernick’s jersey.

Kaepernick added that many things still haven’t changed racially in the country despite the twice-elected President Barack Obama.

“There are a lot of issues that still haven’t been addressed and that’s something over an eight-year term there’s a lot of those things are hard to change and there’s a lot of those things that he doesn’t necessarily have complete control over,” he said.

He also called out police brutality against minorities and pushed for accountability of public officials.

“You can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist,” Kaepernick said. “That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

In college at Nevada, Kaepernick said, police were called one day “because we were the only black people in that neighborhood.” Officers entered without knocking and drew guns on him and his teammates and roommates as they were moving their belongings, he said.

He said his stand is not against men and women in the military fighting and losing their lives for Americans’ rights and freedoms.

Kaepernick, whose hair had been in cornrows during training camp, sat on the bench during Friday’s national anthem at Levi’s Stadium. Giants wideout Victor Cruz and Bills coach Rex Ryan said standing for the anthem shows respect.

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” said Kaepernick, whose adoptive parents are Caucasian. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

On Sunday, he stopped briefly on a side field to talk with Dr. Harry Edwards and they shared a quick embrace before the quarterback grabbed his helmet and took the field. Edwards is a sociologist and African-American activist who helped plan the “Olympic Project for Human Rights” before the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where U.S. sprinters and medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads through the anthem on the medal podium in their black power protest.

After swirling trade talks all offseason following Kaepernick’s three surgeries and sub-par 2015 season, he has done everything so far but play good football — and he doesn’t plan for this to be a distraction.

Coach Chip Kelly did not speak to the media Sunday. He said Saturday he still hasn’t decided on his starting quarterback in a competition between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, who took over the job from Kaepernick last November and has vowed to be the No. 1 again.

Kaepernick hasn’t stood for the anthem in any of the team’s three preseason games “and I don’t see it as going about it the wrong way.”

“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”

Now, Kaepernick is prepared for whatever comes next.

“I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation,” he said. “They’re scared they might lose their job. Or they might not get the endorsements. They might not to be treated the same way. Those are things I’m prepared to handle. …

“At this point, I’ve been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being able to be in the NFL, making the kind of money I make and enjoy luxuries like that. I can’t look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I’ve had.”

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Comments (103)
  1. If you use Google maps and zoom in around Trump Tower, you can see the proof – an entire slave plantation surrounds the place.

    1. Trump Tower was a major improvement to the already existing slum ‘hood and provided many jobs for those willing to work. You are a slave to the far-left media propaganda.
      TRUMP 2016!

  2. So he remained seated during the national anthem? That’s it? What a classless thug. You would think that he went over to another country while representing America and lied about the policeman robbing him and his friends.

  3. You can tell just how serious his stance is by the amount of people losing their $#!+ over this. Say what you will about him…but this is doing exactly what he intended it to do. Good for him.

    1. Lincoln Robertson says:

      People are frustrated at propaganda dupes. Notice he sits and blames, but hasn’t even one suggestion for solutions. It’s meaningless defiance. Do you have any suggestions? I do, but you would simply call me a racist.

    2. Fog says:

      Trolls are very serious about what they are doing as well. This idiot is a mere troll and attention ho.

  4. Charlie Harper says:

    I would be willing to donate a few dollars toward buying him a one-way ticket to anywhere else in the world (if he agrees not to come back).

  5. VillageViking says:

    This is a classic example of how someone with no class fades into the past, never to be remembered…welcome to the world of Dennis Rodman!

  6. Yani says:

    Boycott the 49er’s until they release this Piece of SIIit.

  7. Like other NFL players, Kaepernick has the ability to log his protest in ways that don’t require him stealing air time from the NFL, One thing he could do is reach into his wallet and by full page ads in the NYTs, Trib and L.A.Times, that way he wouldn’t have to steal someone else’s microphone. Plus he really sounds ignorant.

  8. Gibbs says:

    He needs to get used to sitting on the bench as that is where he will spend most of the season anyway,

    1. Canada beckons; also, ‘Oblivion’.

  9. Kim A Kirk says:

    I’m standing with those that are also boycotting the NFL. I was already boycotting them for banning the Dallas Cowboys from honoring the murdered police officers in Dallas. The NFL is garbage.

    1. Tom Menino says:

      Agreed. Roger Goodell has destroyed the brand. He’s allowed rapists, murderers, wife-beaters, drug-addicts, and punks to roam freely, preferring to spend his time chasing one slightly deflated ball. He’ll roll over on this like he has on every other issue. NFL is just the WWE with helmets at this point.

  10. guest says:

    A lot of people will be cheering as some linebacker knocks his ugly butt into tomorrow. I hope he goes off the field as the whole stadium cheers, and many throw beer on him and give him the finger.

  11. jb says:

    I don’t think he’s protesting anything …. sitting on the bench during the Anthem just saves time. He will be sitting on that same bench throughout the game and the season; he will be doing nothing but sitting on that bench until the 49ers can figure out a way out of his contract.

  12. ben says:

    He is making $ millions playing a sport that was created by the vision of white men, in a country created by the vision of white men, White men who had the vision to end slavery in the civilized world while it goes on still in Africa. The same Africa, he proudly bears in his self proclaimed tittle of African American. Anyone of reasonable intelligence would see him for what he is a spoiled, ungrateful, person with the mind of a child. As soon as his fading career ends, he will get into financial trouble and beg the same white man he hates for a job.

  13. appleforaface says:

    Just a useless tattooed freak.

  14. Joe says:

    He’s obviously brainwashed by the Democrats and their biased media into believing the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie.

  15. Simple_Man says:

    ‘I’m Going To Continue To Stand [by sitting down] With The People That Are Being Oppressed.’ As well as he plays, he should remain seated.

  16. Gregory woolley says:

    Lost it on the field; desperate for face time; sad and hilarious. On the express headed to palookaville good riddance.

  17. uncle buck says:

    we won’t watch any of his games. he needs to be released.

    1. jawtekblog says:

      How many 49ers games were you planning to watch before this? Zero, right?

  18. jawtekblog says:

    Just imagine of the Internet existed when Muhammad Ali refused to serve in Vietnam after he was drafted. Same posts we see here . . . by the same people who now consider him a hero for his courage. People are just so d.u.m.b.

    1. Lee says:

      You do realize that Ali was drafted twice right? First time they told him he was too stupid to serve in the Army. Funny how the second time his intelligence was of no concern when they needed people to go die.

      1. Ali played dumb to evade the draft. You’re not playing.

  19. So fifty plus years of welfare fraud and extremely preferential treatment aren’t enough, Colin? Without your compassionate white foster parents you would have probably been killed in the ghetto.

    1. jawtekblog says:

      And you get this from where? His white mother did not live “in the ghetto.” BTW, he has not blamed whitey. He blamed the government.

  20. BJ Cass says:

    It’s clear Kaepernick is a confused,conflicted,low IQ whiner who envisions himself as
    important. He isn’t. Colin is nothing more than another disgruntled race baiter who has the luxury of sitting on a mountain of cash as he exposes his ignorance.

    1. jawtekblog says:

      Low IQ?!? He had a 4.0 GPA in high school. Not saying that makes him the next Einstein, but it does not exactly line up with low IQ. Just sayin’.

      1. Have you ever listed to him speak. If this guy had a 4.0 in high school they need to move for immediate loss of accreditation!

  21. Al says:

    Your not on the NFL roster and payed millions for your political point of view. If you want to rant on your personal time – go for it. You want to make your point of view personal and in my face on game day, I’ll not watch any San Francisco football game this year. I’m now expressing my point of view. How’s that?

  22. Paladin says:

    I see nothing about this individual which is noteworthy!!! The Head Coach should require his sitting in the locker room (SF’s) for all games (home & away)!!!

    1. Charles says:

      His fan likes him.kap is dumb as a rock.

      1. jawtekblog says:

        He had a 4.0 GPA in high school. Not saying that makes him a genius, but that does not sound like “dumb as a rock.”

        1. dave says:

          Dumb is as Dumb does. GPA means little.

          1. jawtekblog says:

            Spoken like a guy who graduated with a proud 2.5. No, GPA is not everything. But it is not “nothing” either. Anyone who thinks “dumb as a rock” gets a 4.0 is . . . dumb as a rock.

            1. Freeland_Dave says:

              I have a 4.0 GPA with a degree in Engineering. I know many in my field that also have a 4.0 GPA who are literally dumb as a box of rocks. The point being that having a 4.0 GPA does not make you intelligent. Educated perhaps but not really intelligent. Enjoyed your personal attack on Dave when you couldn’t stick to the facts for your argument. So liberal typical. If you can’t defend your argument attack the person you are arguing with. So intelligent. So educated. So full of BS.

  23. Alternet09 says:

    Why the uproar about this spewing mouthpiece? He is not even mediocre. Who cares what this idjut has to say?

  24. Barry bin Inhalin says:

    Ethics guy is officially done. He miscalculated his posture…. The fan base of the NFL won’t stand for it which means the League can’t stand for it, ultimately the Team can’t stand for it (pun intended). Keep sitting – you might as wel get used to it.

    Maybe Chicago can use a community organizer?

  25. N.M. Hill says:

    Low talent QB trying to get 15 more min of fame before he is forced into retirement?

  26. Tom says:

    What a fraud. He ‘s about to lose his job, so he pulls this stunt so he can cry “racism!”

    1. You have hit the proverbial nail right on the head!! His attorneys are lining up right now and salivating over the multi-million dollar lawsuit they going to launch…And of course the attendant publicity associated with this case is of equal value to those hyenas!!

  27. Mike Arvand says:

    Throw this POS straight outta football

  28. This just goes to prove the point: Sometime people in high dollar celebrity status don’t have a brain in their head. Not all, but some. Hey Kaepernick, you fool, a lot of fans paid a lot of money to cheer on and show support for their 49ers. Next time you’re sitting down through the National Anthem, take a look around in the stadium, you might start seeing a lot more empty seats. And you will get booed. Whoever owns the team will see this too and cut your ass to the sidelines, eventually drop you. Then you’ll be a nobody.

  29. Myke Wro says:

    Well, Now, 49 er fans are now oppressed because they have a brainless, talentless jacka$$ at quarterback …I wonder in all his overpaid glory if Kaeperbnik has the courage to sit FOR ONE NIGHT in a squad car in the urban S**tholes that the democrat party has turned this country into. Do U think kaeprnick would have had the courage to fight the gentle giant from Ferguson for his life as the hands up don’t shoot LIE began to cover a large thug trying to disarm and murder a police officer !!! Screw U Kapernick

  30. r. davis says:

    “Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know “I did what’s right.” ”
    One obvious point— this is a person with no idea of what is right. Instead of trying to be part of the solution, he decides to make the problem worse. BUT we still need to look at “HOW WE GOT HERE”. The blame for that lies squarely with Obama and his minions. Obama set the tone for many others–
    IT’S OK TO RUSH TO JUDGEMENT——

    WE”RE ENTITLED.

    I sincerely hope, this young man wakes up and apologizes and works to IMPROVE rather than IMPEDE. However, if he does not, I wish him nothing but pain, suffering and loneliness. He needs to understand this–when you think you really understand the situation is when you have reached the heights of stupidity. There are many more facets to life than than those of a diamond.

    Me I’m sick and tired of two faced, dumber than dirt, elitist politicians who promise much and deliver nothing but more fiscal deficit, abject stupidity in foreign relations, and illegal use of government entities for domestic persecution.

  31. Omalena says:

    Except him to change his name to Shamola Muhammad Pansywipesa very soon!!!!

  32. dogsrock2 says:

    Awww how brave. Little boy Kaep is going to continue to do the hard work of sitting on his ass until things change. He could actually quit his job and take his muscle and money to say Chicago and help people clean up their community, but no, he is going to do the hard work of sitting down. Impressive beyond words.

  33. Jose Jimenez says:

    Progressive Mental Disease.

  34. Kaep, you might be too young to realize that we won’t get back to an improvement in race relations until after the Race-Baiter in Chief is out of office. He has set race relations back by 40 years and everybody over the age of 25 knows it.

  35. Armyvet31 says:

    Washed up has been relegated to second string with a big fat paycheck. He stirs up his outrage so when he’s cut it’s about his political protest instead of his poor performance on the field.

    1. Peter Orilia says:

      Colin Kaepernick has every right to his opinion. We all do. However, the propriety of his remarks is doubtful. If he really felt deeply about these issues, he would already have taken positive actions. He would be known for his philanthropic donations to local Boys & Girls clubs. His remarks would then have had some moral weight.

      However, notwithstanding a total lack of a background supporting those who are “oppressed” indicates that he has more personal issues at hand…like a fading mediocre career.

  36. The only accurate thing he said was that “Hillary should be in prison”. I’m proud of him for putting aside his jug of Kool-Aid long enough to see the truth.

  37. Sal says:

    If he really wants to protest….why doesn’t he go on strike, forfeiting his paycheck. He won’t because he is a greedy fool.

  38. DUMARSE says:

    Someone SKULL CRUSH THIS ASSWIPE

  39. Retired_in_va says:

    Maybe his dumba$$ should sit on the bench permanently.

  40. Mike says:

    ‘I can’t look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I’ve had.” Not that I’ll do anything about it but sit down…

  41. Mike says:

    Gee, I sure hope we all live up to his lofty standards soon so that he’ll stand up at the national anthem! What a narcissistic a-hole to think anyone cares what he does…

  42. RTC says:

    Give the crybaby a one way ticket to whatever Islamic Paradise he chooses …

  43. This idiot should be fired !

    1. Tom York says:

      Claude,
      Two upcoming NFL roster reductions loom. My former hero Colin K. will no longer be a Niner and it’s doubtful ANY other NFL team will pick up his contract at that time. Pity the white couple who nourished and raised him.

  44. Mmmmmm. So how much of his $19 million annual salty has he given to charitable causes that help disadvantaged children of color or veterans of color, or to any organization for that matter. He is trying to stay relevant, nothing more.

  45. Mike0oSS says:

    We live in the most spoiled crybaby society in the histiry of the world. This idiot needs to get a life. He’s about as “oppressed” as me…and I’m a working class stiff that never got one “Entitlement” in my honky life. What a jerk

  46. larry smith says:

    Who cares what this spoiled man child has to say! Stand for anthem or quit taking our money…

  47. Jeff Howard says:

    Am I supposed to suddenly start giving a sh!t about what this washed-up never-has-been says now? Nah, B. Win some Super Bowls and maybe we’ll pay attention to you.

  48. Mr. Bill says:

    Let him move to another country. He’ll quickly find out how good he has it here.

    1. libertarianhawk says:

      I agree. There’s no law keeping him from repatriating to a country that he can actually be proud of. But something tells me he’s not going to leave behind his $100+ mil (money paid for, directly or indirectly, by citizens of the country he refuses to honor) to do that.

      And, to your point, I don’t think he fully appreciates what real oppression is. There are a lot of countries in the world where, if he pulled a stunt like this, he’d never be heard from again.

      Moreover, why are millions and millions of “people of color” risking so much and leaving behind their home countries to come here? If America is so oppressive to people of color, you’d think they’d be breaking down the exits trying to get out….not crashing the gates to get in.

  49. Wilbur says:

    Boycott his games ….. he can SIT in an empty stadium.

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