Kaepernick to continue his protest until there’s change
Chiefs’ Berry signs franchise tender; Ex-Raven Givens cut
Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, San Francisco 49ers quarterback 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.
“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said Sunday. “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 Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick insists that 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.”
He explained his viewpoints to teammates in the morning, some agreeing with his message but not necessarily his method.
“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wide receiver Torrey Smith, a former Terp and Raven, 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.” Chiefs’ Berry signs franchise tender: Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry signed his franchise tender and reported to camp Sunday.
Berry was given the franchise tag early in the offseason but had not signed the deal, which meant he could skip all of training camp without being fined. The deal will pay him just over $10.8 million this season, making him the league’s highest-paid safety. Former Raven Givens cut by Eagles: Wide receiver Chris Givens has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Givens, who had 19 catches for 346 yards with the Ravens in 2015, had just one catch in three preseason games for 19 yards. Ex-Redskin Goldson signs with Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran freeagent safety Dashon Goldson, who had 110 tackles in 15 starts with the Washington Redskins in 2015.