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Colin Kaepernick may be forcing 49ers’ hand with recent actions

This month Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem during games in which he is a participant, either as an active player or a teammate in street clothes. He has the right to do so. He also has the right to wear socks depicting pigs wearing police hats when he practices. He has either done this *on* Aug. 10 or *since* Aug. 10 (it’s difficult to get confirmation on this).

That happens to be the date when the 49ers practiced in front of thousands of fans at Kezar Stadium, which begs the question: Was Kaepernick hoping to get noticed weeks earlier than last Friday?

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Via CBS Sports:

It appears that over the past few weeks, Kaepernick has been wearing socks that show a pig in a cop’s hat.

The quarterback has been wearing them since at least Aug. 10.

Kaepernick hasn’t been asked about his socks yet, but it wouldn’t be shocking to find out that it’s part of his statement that he’s trying to make against police brutality.

It’s definitely no accident that Kaepernick’s wearing these in practice, and there’s also no question that the socks were designed to make fun of cops.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to believe Kaepernick sincerely wants to regain his starting job with the San Francisco 49ers, or continue playing for the 49ers in any role.

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Despite the anger he caused … sitting down for the anthem at the workplace, with thousands of fans and television cameras present, is a different level of protest than wearing these socks at the workplace. Socks are 100% harmless in the grand scheme of things, but he’s going to find far less support on this statement than he did when he sat on the bench for the Star Spangled Banner. Not that the amount of support he gets says anything about his statement, but this is a post about his future with the 49ers, not the power or legitimacy of his message.

Politics? Nobody wants me to branch off into this area. I get it. But if we’re looking at the 49ers, and a quarterback who was once on billboards and on his way to revolutionizing the position, it seems fairly obvious now that he’s going to be gone very soon, perhaps as soon as when they cut the roster down to 53 in a matter of days.

Jay Glazer, who is rarely wrong when he reports big NFL news, had this to say a few days ago:

“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team … I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”

If the 49ers don’t think he’s necessary from a football perspective, his acrimonious relationship with the organization can’t help matters. Let’s take a look at the last year and a half of Kaepernick.

  • No. 1 cheerleader, Jim Harbaugh, was fired
  • Remade his throwing mechanics and the results were terrible
  • Lost all confidence (and the remaining confidence the organization had in him) when he threw two pick-sixes against Arizona
  • Lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert in the middle of the 2015 season
  • iPadGate (leaks that Gabbert was studying film far more than Kaepernick when the latter was healthy)
  • Had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder (49ers play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson questioned his motives at the time)
  • Had two surgeries after the season, effectively keeping the 49ers from releasing him before April 1
  • Requested a trade
  • Wouldn’t take a paycut to facilitate a trade to Denver
  • Lost a significant amount of weight
  • Got really political, like, as political as any active NFL player in history
  • Effectively called police officers a bunch of poorly-trained pigs
  • On a positive note for media, he went from super cranky to open and talkative in the last week (the 49ers probably aren’t stoked about this, either)

The 49ers are probably frightened to death heading into Thursday night’s game, and not because of the boos (San Diego fans stopped going to Chargers games years ago, and this is Week 4 of the preseason). If Kaepernick suffers a Teddy Bridgewater-esque injury, they’ll be forced to pay him $14.5 million next season.

It’s obvious why Kaepernick would want to leave the 49ers, but does he want to leave the NFL? He might be as toxic as Johnny Manziel, as crazy at that sounds in a league where Greg Hardy got a job with the most valuable franchise in the league last season. NFL Execs are anonymously telling Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that he’s a “traitor.”

Kaepernick sounds resolute in his stance against police brutality, and let’s be realistic.

  • Being a starting quarterback is a full-time job.
  • Being an activist is a full-time job, too.

The 49ers released an excellent statement when the world found out Kaepernick was sitting during Francis Scott Key’s song, which makes the cynical side of me wonder if it was prepared weeks ago (he started sitting out the song when the preseason began). They’ve navigated several PR catastrophes over the last few years, so they have practice. So far, they’ve done very well here. But can they really carry a quarterback on the roster who’s openly trying to antagonize the police (and, by default, a large percentage of their fan base)? Especially a quarterback who represents an injury grenade, isn’t incredibly popular in the locker room, and hasn’t played well in a long time?

If they 49ers keep him, they have one of two choices. They can make him the active backup, and every media outlet that isn’t beholden to the NFL will focus on his anthem behavior during the regular season (which is a tad more important than these sham preseason “contests”). Or, they can make him inactive each week, and in that case what’s the point?

The Thad Lewis injury didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but it created a huge problem in Santa Clara. Chip Kelly said Kaepernick was the second-best quarterback on the team, but that’s only because the other choices are a rookie sixth-rounder and a guy who was working on the “honey do” list written by his wife Sam Ponder when the 49ers gave him a call.

But this team isn’t going anywhere this year, and Kaepernick gave them an out with these socks — as ridiculous as it sounds. With his decision to sit down, he drew comparisons to Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Socks are just socks to most rational humans, but the NFL fines players for wearing socks during games that don’t go all the way to their knees (just ask Frank Gore). There’s no statement the 49ers can make that can sufficiently explain these socks, and the act of wearing them carries the look of insubordination. With Kaepernick wanting to jump ship, and his trade value at negative-a-million, why would the 49ers keep him past Thursday?

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BASportsGuy GregProops can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Love you And your wonderful proopcast

Piratbloggen
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BASportsGuy Or the opposite. Could be a bad look cutting him if it looks like his fight for equality is the reason?

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Piratbloggen I was right there with you … until the sock photos surfaced. Gives the 49ers an easy out.

satishd
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BASportsGuy great post. Why risk playing him Thursday. What if he gets injured. Why not bench him and keep him safe to be fired?

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satishd If you hold him out Thursday, you get accused of muzzling him.

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BASportsGuy Piratbloggen what happens if Kaepernick says he was cut because of racism? Not a good look for the 49ers

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mr_samano BASportsGuy Piratbloggen his play speaks for itself. Accusing everyone of being racist doesn’t work anymore. They aren’t.

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mr_samano BASportsGuy Piratbloggen Chip Kelly was accused of racism in Philly. Of course, here he can say he has no control over the roster and pass the hot potato on to the front office.

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BRIANisCOTTON BASportsGuy Piratbloggen I agree but there will be some that will argue that it was racism.

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mr_samano BASportsGuy Piratbloggen they argue that with everything. It’s become a somewhat delusion accusation

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BASportsGuy I think 9ers giving him rope to hang himself. They’re waiting for enough to void the $12m. I’m sure they have other stuff too.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy With the history of hangings and lynchings, that’s probably a bad choice of words.

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satishd BASportsGuy crazy as it is niners have a injury clause

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BASportsGuy are you speaking of 2016’s 12 million? They can’t take that away. It was guaranteed April 1st

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adeeldough BASportsGuy 4 million went to taxes

BASportsGuy
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adeeldough nowhere did I say they’d take away his 2016 base salary

adeeldough
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adeeldough

BASportsGuy didn’t say you did. Someone else mentioned something to the effect.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy this is the post Steve. I replied to the wrong tweet.

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adeeldough BASportsGuy The guarantee was for injury (fake and bought in Colo) they can still void for conduct unbecoming etc. Court I bet.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy as much as I’m in disagreement with the meat of his protest… There’s nothing he’s doing that’s unlawful

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adeeldough BASportsGuy But the cumulative effect makes him a detriment, and potentially a danger to himself and teammates on field.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy sure..he’s a terrible QB. But still can’t take his guaranteed money. Why do u think he waited until after 4/1

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adeeldough BASportsGuy I think he can violate terms of contract without committing an illegal act. Maybe already has. There will be court.

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adeeldough BASportsGuy No, I know what he did. Predicted this long ago. Next step he “won’t feel safe”, you watch. But I think 9ers fight.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy 49ers have already come out and stated he’s not in violation. I believe they support him. NFL does so as well

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adeeldough BASportsGuy Ya, the team and the NFL really want to see dozens of players sitting out N.A. with boos raining down. Right.

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TheGreatGabbert BASportsGuy legally, the NFL and the 49ers can’t do much to a guaranteed contract

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adeeldough BASportsGuy But the guarantee was for injury. There is hella more language to it. Remember signed just after Miami motel room.

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adeeldough BASportsGuy There has to be some fairly strong conduct/behavior language in the deal.

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adeeldough BASportsGuy My prediction is Kap ends up saying he doesn’t feel safe on field (maybe legitimately) & contract goes to court.

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BASportsGuy if he does good and 49ers win,I promise you,people will be praising him for a job well done! people r so full of shit.U0001f602(sarcasm

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BRIANisCOTTON mr_samano BASportsGuy More accurate would be the org. is against players speaking about social injustice. Not a good look

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BASportsGuy Any business owner & you have an employee that brings this firestorm They’ve got to go!

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BASportsGuy The drama will continue He’s gone at some point So bite the bullet

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BASportsGuy #this49erFan Loves how kaepernick is screwing w/ 49er’s organization! They deserve all they get, incompetent arrogantAzz’s

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BASportsGuy with the demand from a couple other teams why not just inactivate him if they are still on the hook to pay him?

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BASportsGuy for another qb I mean. And by inactivating him forces him to lose another year of play while still in his 20s.

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Time to dump this garbage!!

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Piratbloggen I don’t think so. Jed York is the most liberal owner in the NFL. And if kap was winning or good, they’d look the other way.

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mr_samano BASportsGuy Piratbloggen racism? When a huge % are black? Including their next highest paid player?

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BASportsGuy if black lives mattered so much to his bench warming ass why hasnt he spoken out against the 10 murdered in chitown last week

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BASportsGuy and if black lives mattered so much to kap, why isnt he donating money or time to louisiana flood victims

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BASportsGuy y didnt he speak out about d wades cousin. Bc it was black on blackcrime. Bc colin is a racist. hypocritical shithead

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underdogsofny I doubt that would be why, but it could look that way. Heard no talk of releasing him before this, even if 49ers f.o. did

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rjmadrid JammieWF It’s the George Costanza. He should drag the SB trophies behind his car in a circle in the parking lot

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Piratbloggen mr_samano BASportsGuy but they arent. They openly said that. You can’t just make shit up to support faux outrage.

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jay_zahn BASportsGuy you used the term inactivate not once, but twice. The word is “Deactivate” genius.

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JerichoCane135 BASportsGuy because most of the flood victims are poor white trash.

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This was a nice read. Let’s be honest @BASportsguy do you really think goodell will have the balls to fine him for wearing those socks on Thursday? He will make an exception, in turn causing a another debate. Even so if he doesn’t then what would be his excuse to “other” players for giving them a fine.

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