Colin Kaepernick RUMORS & NEWS

  • Chip Kelly: Kaepernick's play, not health, reason he's not starting

    CSN Bay Area "Colin Kaepernick’s game is not at the same level as when he was at his peak, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Wednesday. Kelly has repeatedly cited Kaepernick’s loss of weight and strength when discussing his backup quarterback. Kaepernick’s best full season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback..." September 29

  • Kaepernick looking to put on weight vegan style

    Sacramento Bee "Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday agreed with 49ers coach Chip Kelly that his weight and strength are not where they were before he underwent three surgeries. But the quarterback has a plan to fix that. “Eat food and a lot of it,” he said. “That’s something I’ve always had to do, I’ve always had..." September 28

  • Colin Kaepernick: I'll be ready if called upon by 49ers "In an explanation that seems hazy to some, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said this week that backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick is merely healthy enough to be the backup. He needs to build up his weight and strength if he wants a crack at the starting role. Kaepernick, while agreeing to some extent..." September 28

  • Chip Kelly reaffirms confidence in Blaine Gabbert, leaves door open for Colin Kaepernick

    Larry Brown Sports "San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly continues to send interesting messages with regards to his quarterback situation. With Blaine Gabbert struggling and Colin Kaepernick waiting in the wings for a chance to replace him, Kelly has had to deal with a lot of questions about the situation. On..." September 28

  • Colin Kaepernick in danger of losing support after comments on presidential candidates

    USA Today "After galvanizing support from athletes and civil rights leaders across the country, Colin Kaepernick is in danger of losing it. His comments Tuesday about the first presidential debate between HIllary Clinton and Donald Trump were as needlessly divisive as the “pig cop’’ socks he wore last..." September 28

  • Kaepernick rips Trump, Clinton after debate: 'Both are proven liars'

    Sacramento Bee "Colin Kaepernick doesn't like Donald Trump. And he's not a fan of Hillary Clinton, either. "Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who's less racist," the 49ers quarterback said Tuesday. "At this point -- talking to one of my friends -- you have to pick the..." September 27

  • Colin Kaepernick: “Huge” to have Chip Kelly’s support

    San Jose Mercury News "Colin Kaepernick did not play a snap in the 49ers’ lopsided loss to the Seahawks, but he remained in the middle of the conversation and once again did not duck questions about the continuing reaction to his continued national anthem protest. On Sunday, he kneeled again with safety Eric Reid..." September 26

  • Michael Bennett: 49ers should start Kaepernick, Gabbert isn't a challenge

    Seattle Times "Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett stopped and talked with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the field after Sunday’s 37-18 win against the 49ers. Their conversation? “I just talked about him getting a chance to play again,” Bennett said. “I think he’s a great quarterback. I..." September 26

  • Jason Whitlock Blames Twitter for Making Colin Kaepernick Believe Police Brutality Is Biggest Threat to Black Men

    Complex "According to Jason Whitlock, there's a culture war being waged that hasn't been discussed by any mainstream media outlets. This first line from Whitlock either caused your ears perk up a little bit, or made you want to cover your face, fearing that the ensuing hot take could potentially scorch..." September 25

  • Mike Ditka has 'no respect' for Kaepernick: 'Don't like our flag ... get the hell out'

    CBS Sports "Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is a very conservative human being. There is no debating this. So it wouldn't be surprising to see him come down on the opposite side of Colin Kaepernick when it comes to the 49ers quarterback's protest against the national anthem and the American flag. But Ditka's..." September 23

  • Cam Newton explains his icy postgame staredown with Colin Kaepernick

    CBS Sports "After the Panthers beat the 49ers 46-27 on Sunday, no one was talking about the Panthers' win because all anyone could talk about was what happened after the game. Sometime during the postgame handshake, Cam Newton crossed paths with Colin Kaepernick, who gave the Panthers quarterback what..." September 23

  • Almost half of Americans disagree with Colin Kaepernick's method of protest

    CBS Sports "The divisive nature of Colin Kaepernick's actions continue to bear themselves out in data form, as a poll conducted by Seton Hall Sports Poll and provided to CBS Sports shows that nearly half of Americans queried do not approve of the method with which Kaepernick is protesting. The 49ers'..." September 22

  • Kaepernick on Time cover; Kelly terms shootings ‘heinous’

    San Francisco Chronicle "Thirty-four years after Joe Montana was on the cover of Time Magazine for leading the 49ers to the first Super Bowl, another 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, will be on its cover for a far different reason. Kaepernick, whose decision to not stand for the national anthem has been a national..." September 22

  • Colin Kaepernick featured on cover of this month's 'TIME' magazine

    CBS Sports "Once upon a time, Colin Kaepernick was a staple on the cover of magazines thanks to his ability to shred defenses with both his arm and his legs. Now he's back on the cover of a mag, but this time it's for his decision to protest the national anthem by standing or kneeling before 49ers games. And..." September 22

  • Niners QB Colin Kaepernick most disliked player in league

    ESPN "Colin Kaepernick is now the most disliked player in the NFL. That's at least according to a recent poll of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research, which asked 1,100 people whose demographics were representative of the general population. The poll, taken last week, revealed that Kaepernick..." September 22

  • Colin Kaepernick says he’s been the target of death threats

    San Jose Mercury News "While Colin Kaepernick says he’s seen positives emerge from a racial-equality movement sparked by his national-anthem protests, he’s also received death threats as a result. “I’ve had a few come my way, but not too concerned about it,” Kaepernick said Tuesday inside the 49ers locker..." September 20

  • Blaine Gabbert giving 49ers too many reasons to start Colin Kaepernick

    Sporting News "Blaine Gabbert won't be benched in Week 3, but he will be benched soon. The San Francisco quarterback followed an above-average opening performance vs. Los Angeles with a shaky one in Sunday's 46-27 loss at Carolina. With that, his benching will come whenever Colin Kaepernick is fully..." September 20

  • Congressman Lee Zeldin Tries to Connect NY Bomber to Colin Kaepernick

    Black Sports Online "Lee Zeldin is the type of person who you shouldn’t vote for. He is someone who takes a tragedy and try to flip it for political gain. He is also someone who will try to connect two different things together when they have nothing to do with each other. What does kneeling for the National..." September 19

  • Jesse Ventura salutes Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest

    Sportsnaut "Jesse Ventura, former pro wrestler, Governor of Minnesota and Vietnam veteran, voiced his support of Colin Kaepernick this week. “I salute Colin Kaepernick. I fully support him. Fully and completely,” Ventura said. Among the key reasons Ventura gave for his support was this: “Government..." September 17

  • Michael Wilbon Thinks Athletes Following Kaepernick are Posers; Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Black Sports Online "A long time ago when I first got on social media similar to now you are bombarded with negativity. People questioning everything about you and try to tell you how you should be doing your work. It use to be frustrating until I got some advice from a friend who I was venting to. “Better they..." September 16

  • James Woods Thinks Kaepernick Is a Piece Of S*** 'I'll Never Watch NFL Again'

    TMZ "James Woods says Colin Kaepernick is a "dirtbag" -- and he's so pissed at the NFL for not punishing the QB over his national anthem protest he's boycotting the league ... FOR LIFE!! Woods unloaded about the situation to our photog -- "I will never watch the NFL again, ever." So, why the..." September 16

  • New South Park Episode Focuses on Kaepernick Anthem Protest

    Black Sports Online "Leave it to South Park to shine a light on the hypocrisy of those that are rallying against Niners QB Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest. Earlier this week South Park released the teaser for Season 20’s debut episode and the plot focused on the Kaepernick protest. That trailer..." September 15

  • GOP Rep. Steve King on Kaepernick: 'This is activism that's sympathetic to ISIS'

    USA Today "No stranger to controversial comments, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King spoke out against protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, going as far as to say Kaepernick's silent protests are "activism that's sympathetic to ISIS." “When he steps out on the stage, the world stage,..." September 15

  • Report: Conflict within 49ers organization about Colin Kaepernick

    Sportsnaut "The seemingly never-ending drama surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick maybe be on the verge of taking a completely new turn. According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, there is a conflict within the 49ers’ front office about whether to keep or drop the enigmatic signal..." September 15

  • Chip Kelly treats backups Colin Kaepernick, Austin Davis like backups

    UPI "The joke around the 49ers' laugher Monday night was that Chip Kelly was putting Colin Kaepernick in the game at the end to do what he now does best -- take a knee. As it turned out, it was Rams quarterback Case Keenum who squatted on the final play of the 28-0 game, completing the Los Angeles..." September 14

  • 49ers Colin Kaepernick, Eli Harold respond to Trent Dilfer's remarks on protest

    USA Today "Judging by the vibe in the 49ers’ locker room after their season opening win over the Rams, Trent Dilfer doesn’t have too many fans among San Francisco’s players. Dilfer criticized Colin Kaepernick’s protest of social injustices and racial inequalities over the weekend, when he took to ESPN’s..." September 13

  • Fat Joe Responds To Anti-Kaepernick Backlash; Says Staff Did It

    Black Sports Online "Fat Joe took to Facebook live to respond to the backlash from fans for his tweets regarding Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest during the playing of the National Anthem. In the tweets Joe says he’s anti-protesting the National Anthem and that people should lead with actions instead of..." September 12

  • Ray Lewis tells Colin Kaepernick to 'take the flag out' of his pregame protest

    CBS Sports "Everyone has an opinion on the Colin Kaepernick drama unfolding in San Francisco. When a player decides to purposely spurn the national anthem in protest, it's going to draw hot-take opinions from every corner. Good luck not weighing in. Ray Lewis was offered the opportunity to join in the..." September 10

  • Kaepernick Protest, Santa Clara Police Union Encourages Officers to Work at 49ers Home Games

    NBC Bay Area "The Santa Clara police union on Thursday urged its officers to work during San Francisco 49ers' home games, less than a week after threatening not to in response to Colin Kaepernick's ongoing protest and remarks about racial injustice and police brutality. In a statement issued by the Santa..." September 09

  • Colin Kaepernick Talks National Anthem Protest, President Obama, Role on 49ers

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is focused on making the biggest possible impact both on the football field and off it in the coming months as he continues to embrace the cause behind his national anthem protest during the NFL preseason. The 28-year-old 49ers backup spoke with..." September 08

  • Kaepernick says he's not Muslim, blames rumor on American Islamaphobia

    CBS Sports "Colin Kaepernick has gone through a lot changes this offseason -- he grew out his hair, he lost weight and he's now a vegan, just to name a few of those changes. However, one change he didn't go through is a change of his religion. During his weekly press conference on Wednesday, the..." September 08

  • Roger Goodell Comments on Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has become the hottest talking point in sports by refusing to stand for the national anthem before games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finally spoke out about Kaepernick's decision Wednesday, per Barry Wilner of the Associated Press: "I don't..." September 07

  • Kaepernick to donate all jersey sales proceeds to communities in need

    CBS Sports "Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to sit during the national anthem has transcended football and become a national conversation. The 49ers quarterback is protesting because, as he explained at the time, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black..." September 07

  • Brandon Marshall backs Colin Kaepernick, criticizes Boomer Esiason

    Newsday "Calls Esiason’s negative response ‘100 percent wrong’ Sees 49ers QB as ‘one of the biggest patriots out there’ Brandon Marshall took radio host Boomer Esiason to task, calling the former NFL quarterback “100 percent wrong” for his negative response to the national anthem protest by 49ers..." September 07

  • Kaepernick’s Jersey Now #1 Seller in All of NFL

    Black Sports Online "The Santa Clara police, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger may not be a fan of Colin Kaepernick. However fans all over have decided to show their support of Kaepernick’s stance against police brutality by buying his jersey. The NFL Shop best sellers list shows the Kaepernick as the best seller in..." September 06

  • Colin Kaepernick reached out to Jeremy Lane to offer thanks

    ESPN "Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane said he heard from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week after Lane sat during the national anthem prior to the team's fourth preseason game. "He reached out to me and just told me thank you, standing behind me," Lane said. Lane's..." September 06

  • More Kaepernick jerseys sold in last week than prior 8 months

    USA Today "Just a little more than a week ago, some people were burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys. Now, they're flying off the shelves. The San Francisco 49ers website sold more of their polarizing backup quarterback's jerseys last week than in the previous eight months combined, according to an ESPN..." September 05

  • Santa Clara police chief asks union to back off boycott threat of 49ers' home games

    USA Today "The police chief for the agency that patrols San Francisco 49ers' Levi’s Stadium urged the police union upset over quarterback Colin Kaepernick's actions to back away from their boycott threat on Saturday. Chief Michael J. Sellers didn’t specifically say that his officers would work 49ers home..." September 05

  • Obama: Colin Kaepernick exercising his constitutional right

    Chicago Tribune "President Barack Obama says the NFL quarterback who is refusing to stand for the national anthem is the latest in a long line of professional athletes who have exercised their constitutional right to make a statement about social issues. The president was asked at a news conference Monday about..." September 05

  • USWNT member Rapinoe kneels during anthem in 'nod to Kaepernick'

    The Guardian "Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the US appears to be slowly spreading with the soccer international Megan Rapinoe kneeling during the national anthem before Seattle Reign’s NWSL game against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. Kaepernick’s protest first came to prominence..." September 05

  • Chip Kelly: Kaepernick’s still “getting himself healthy”

    Pro Football Talk "It was clear weeks ago that all the time Colin Kaepernick missed while recovering from shoulder, knee and thumb surgeries this offseason was keeping him from fully or equally competing for the 49ers starting quarterback job. And even though coach Chip Kelly said his decision to start Blaine..." September 04

  • Kaepernick situation could help players realize their power

    Pro Football Talk "It remains to be seen whether 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem continues to spread. Regardless of whether other players choose to support Kaepernick and his cause by not standing, all players should be considering the broader impact of Kaepernick’s..." September 04

  • Muhammad Ali's Ex-Wife -- Colin Kaepernick Should Apologize ... 'Get Off His High Horse'

    TMZ "Muhammad Ali's ex-wife says Colin Kaepernick needs to apologize for his National Anthem protest ... saying it's "not heroic" and he should "get off his high horse." TMZ Sports spoke with Khalilah Camacho Ali -- who was married to the boxer from 1967 to 1976 -- and says she was his adviser for..." September 04

  • Six 5th Graders Take a Knee During Pledge of Allegiance Like Kaepernick

    Black Sports Online "Kids are a lot smarter and more aware of things that are going on around them than we give them credit for. Minority kids become aware a lot sooner because just because you are a kid, doesn’t mean you don’t have to deal with racial injustice. I had a gun pushed into the back of my head by a cop..." September 04

  • Kaepernick makes roster; Gabbert named starting QB "Kaepernick's roster spot is safe in San Francisco. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Saturday that the veteran quarterback made the 49ers' 53-man lineup. The team then confirmed the news. Niners coach Chip Kelly later announced that Blaine Gabbert will be the team's starting quarterback..." September 03

  • Will Kaepernick have to renegotiate to stay in SF? "Colin Kaepernick has been a major storyline this past month, and now he's aiming for a 49ers roster spot to cap off the preseason. A major sticking point possibly standing in the way though is money. The quarterback is already guaranteed $11.9 million and can earn another $2 million in roster..." September 03

  • Santa Clara Police Union Threatens Boycott of 49ers Games Over Kaepernick Protest

    NBC Bay Area "Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, as well as his critical words directed at officers across the nation, have the Santa Clara police union saying its officers might stop working San Francisco 49ers home games. NBC..." September 03

  • Broncos' Okung writes letter in support of Kaepernick

    The Player's Tribune "The more I read about the controversy surrounding 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the national anthem, and his efforts to shine a light on injustice in this country, the more I think about Tommie Smith and John Carlos. In 1968, in the midst of heated racial..." September 03

  • Kaepernick Jersey Sales Have Exploded Since Anthem Protest Began

    Sports Grid "First of all I’d like to thank Colin Kaepernick for what’s he’s done for football. Previous to his National Anthem protest, there wasn’t one legitimate reason to watch an NFL exhibition game. If you did watch, it’s because you’re either a hopeless, degenerate gambler who long ago lost his family,..." September 03

  • Doug Baldwin supports Colin Kaepernick protest

    SI "Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted his support of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Friday. Kaepernick has garnered many reactions after not standing during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in America. Kaepernick sat during the anthem in the first three games of the..." September 03