49ers' Kaepernick claims he has received death threats
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[September 21, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - San
Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said on Tuesday that he
has received death threats regarding his actions during the playing
of the U.S. national anthem.
"If something like that were to happen, you've proved my point,"
Kaepernick told reporters, saying he had received the threats
through several avenues. "It'll be loud and clear why it happened."
Kaepernick started his protest in the preseason by sitting down
during the national anthem.
He has since kneeled during the anthem in protest of what he calls
racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America,
including police-related violence.
Several NFL players have joined Kaepernick in his protest.
Kaepernick also addressed the shooting of Terence Crutcher by police
in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn't a human
being," Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick intends to go through with his plan to donate $1 million
to local communities. He said he will donate $100,000 a month for
the next 10 months and will also set up a website so the public can
see how the money is spent.
Former 49ers star Jerry Rice has changed his stance on Kaepernick.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to media
after the game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego,
California, U.S. September 1, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA
TODAY Sports/File Photo
After previously criticizing Kaepernick's actions, Rice came out in
support of the quarterback on Tuesday."
I support @Kaepernick7 for bringing awareness for injustice !!!!"
Rice tweeted. "As Americans we all have rights! I'm (sic) hoping we
all come together#solution"
Initially, Rice had tweeted that Kaepernick should not disrespect
(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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