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Sport 49ers reminded of Colin Kaepernick in responses to team's posts about Blackout Tuesday

00:21  03 june  2020
00:21  03 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

NFL.com changes Colin Kaepernick’s designation from “retired”

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Few team scouts followed. Colin Kaepernick held a workout for N.F.L. teams on Saturday in Riverdale, Ga.Credit Todd Kirkland/Associated Press. There, in shorts and a black tank top, the former San Francisco 49 ers star zipped passes to four receivers running routes on the football field.

San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked a wave of controversy when he Veterans and military members tweeted their support for Kaepernick in recent days under the The 49 ers ' Thursday away game against the San Diego Chargers was the team ' s last preseason contest

Nearly every sports team participated in Blackout Tuesday by posting a black square and otherwise stopping their social media activity for the day. The posts are in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd's death and the protests that are ongoing across the nation.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Provided by Sporting News

The San Francisco 49ers were one of the NFL teams that participated in the movement, posting across all their social media feeds. The team also darkened its Twitter profile picture in solidarity. However, the tweet was not entirely met with support.

MORE: Team considering Colin Kaepernick explains why they backed out

The 49ers were the last team to roster Colin Kaepernick following his 2016 protests during the national anthem. While Kaepernick technically opted out of his contract, the 49ers informed the quarterback they were planning to release him. Kaepernick became a free agent on March 9, 2017, and has yet to take another snap for any team.

Kaepernick first started his protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the 2016 preseason by sitting, then taking a knee during the national anthem before games. As he explained after the third preseason game, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

George Kittle, 49ers are 'not close at all' on contract extension

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Colin Kaepernick has become larger than football since he refused to stand two years ago as the What was Kaepernick protesting in the first place? As a quarterback for the San Francisco 49 ers After Kaepernick sat for the first time, his team and the NFL released statements saying players were

San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who sparked a national movement in sports by not standing during the national anthem to protest The announcement was made by 49 ers head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday . Kaepernick replaces Blaine Gabbert. "We need to improve on the

Because the 49ers parted ways with Kaepernick, many felt the team's Blackout Tuesday post shouldn't have been sent. The tweet was met with a number of responses featuring Kaepernick's name or images of the quarterback taking a knee.

The 49ers received similar comments on their Instagram account as well.

San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa also caught the eye of Twitter users as a response to the 49ers' post. This wasn't because Bosa was outspoken about the protests, but because users remembered some old social media activity from Bosa that surfaced during the draft process in 2019.

Bosa, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, called Kaepernick a "clown" in a now-deleted tweet, with several other homophobic, xenophobic and racists tweets and Instagram posts coming to light before the 2019 draft.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell encourages teams to sign Colin Kaepernick .
During an ESPN special on Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he supports and encourages teams to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick. © (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images) Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not played for an NFL team since 2016. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images) In an interview on ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special, Goodell said it would be up to a team to sign Kaepernick. "Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell said.

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