Kaeper­nick wore socks in protest of ‘rogue cops’

‘Rocky’ steps in Philly to serve as back­drop at draft

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick says he wore socks de­pict­ing po­lice of­fi­cers as pigs in protest of “rogue cops” who put the com­mu­nity and other of­fi­cers at risk.

Kaeper­nick is­sued a state­ment on In­sta­gram on Thurs­day af­ter photos be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia of him wear­ing the socks that show a pig dressed in a po­lice hat. The photos were taken ear­lier in train­ing camp be­fore Kaeper­nick’s re­fusal to stand dur­ing the na­tional an­them as a form of protest be­came public.

“I wore these socks, in the past, be­cause the rogue cops that are al­lowed to hold po­si­tions in po­lice de­part­ments, not only put the com­mu­nity in dan­ger, but also put the cops that have the right in­ten­tions in dan­ger by cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of ten­sion and mis­trust,” he wrote. “I have two un­cles and friends who are po­lice of­fi­cers and serve ALL peo­ple. So be­fore these socks, which were worn be­fore I took my public stance, are used to dis­tract from the real is­sues, I wanted to ad­dress this im­me­di­ately.”

Kaeper­nick stirred de­bate last week­end when his de­ci­sion to sit dur­ing the na­tional an­them in protest of what he called op­pres­sion of African-Amer­i­cans and other mi­nori­ties be­came public. Kaeper­nick Draft moves to Philly: The NFL is ex­pected to pick up the ma­jor­ity of the cost to stage the 2017 draft in Philadel­phia, with the city’s “Rocky” steps serv­ing as its back­drop.

City of­fi­cials say they don’t ex­pect the NFL’s 82nd event to come at tax­payer ex­pense, but in­stead ex­pect to raise about $5 mil­lion of the $25 mil­lion bud­get with the league pay­ing for the event’s stag­ing and in­fra­struc­ture.

Se­nior vice pres­i­dent Peter O’Reilly said Thurs­day the event’s lo­ca­tion will rep­re­sent a re­turn to the birth­place of the draft. The first NFL draft was held in Philadel­phia in 1936, when the Ea­gles se­lected ver­sa­tile half­back Jay Ber­wanger first over­all. Bridge­wa­ter dis­cusses come­back: Min­nesota Vik­ings quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter is vow­ing to come back from the freak knee in­jury that has knocked him out for the sea­son.

Bridge­wa­ter’s first public re­marks since he went down in prac­tice Tues­day came in a state­ment through the team Thurs­day.

Bridge­wa­ter says he comes from “amaz­ing DNA” and that he watched his mother beat breast cancer. He prom­ises to at­tack his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion with the same en­ergy.

Bridge­wa­ter says the Vik­ings have “great play­ers and great lead­ers” who can help the team with­stand his loss. Brady plays a half: With a “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion days away, Tom Brady played the first half in the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ pre­sea­son fi­nale against the New York Giants.

Brady com­pleted 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards, a touch­down and an in­ter­cep­tion as the Pa­tri­ots took a 6-3 half­time lead. He was sharpest on his fourth se­ries, lead­ing New Eng­land on a nine-play, 77-yard drive. The two-time NFL Most Valu­able Player hit six of seven passes and scram­bled for 10 yards on the march, which ended with a 7-yard touch­down pass to a wide-open Ke­shawn Martin.

Brady, 39, be­gins a four-game sus­pen­sion Satur­day for his role in the use of de­flated foot­balls in the 2014 AFC cham­pi­onship game. The three-time Su­per Bowl MVP won’t be el­i­gi­ble to re­join the ac­tive ros­ter un­til Oct. 3, leav­ing the team in the hands of Jimmy Garop­polo. Red­skins win Wed­nes­day night: The stands were mostly empty, but the soggy show went on.

Mack Brown ran for 149 yards and a touch­down in heavy rain, lead­ing vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton to a 20-13 pre­sea­son­clos­ing vic­tory over the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers.

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