Kaeper­nick to con­tinue his protest un­til there’s change

Chiefs’ Berry signs fran­chise ten­der; Ex-Raven Givens cut

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

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.

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