QB says he’s received death threats
Colin Kaepernick said he has received death threats through social media and other avenues since he began to protest during the national anthem last month.
The 49ers quarterback said he has not alerted team security about the threats and understood that could happen once he began his protest over racial oppression and police brutality in the United States.
“To me, if something like that were going to happen, you’ve proved my point,” he said. “It would be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. That would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now. Granted, I don’t want that to happen. But that’s the realization of what could happen.”
Kaepernick said he was the target of racial slurs and other insults before last Sunday’s game at Carolina.
“There’s a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism and people want to take everything back to the flag, but that’s not what we’re talking about,” he said. “We’re talking about racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices across the nation.”
Kaepernick gave more details about his plans to donate $1 million to organizations supporting racial equality. He said he will launch a website detailing his donations and how the money is spent.
He plans to give away $100,000 a month for the next 10 months.
Belichick tight- lipped: Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t ready to rule out i njured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday night’s game against the Texans.
Garoppolo was a limited participant in practice as he continues to recover from the right shoulder injury he sustained against the Dolphins on Sunday.
“He has been looked at. He has been treated, like every other player,” Belichick said. “I’m a football coach. I’m not a doctor.”
The Patriots have yet to add another quarterback to the roster.
Banged-up Bears: Bears coach John Fox said quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained right thumb suffered Monday night against the Eagles but would not rule him out for t his weekend’s game against the Cowboys. On the defensive front, linebacker Danny Trevathan is scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning on a thumb injury, linebacker Lamarr Houston is out for the season after tearing his ACL, and nose tackle Eddie Goldman is expected to miss at least four weeks with an ankle sprain.
McCoy sued: Bills running back LeSean McCoy was sued over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl in February that left two off-duty police officers injured. The civil suit claims McCoy beat and kicked one officer while he was on the ground and punched another officer in the eye. McCoy’s attorney has said he was only trying to break up a fight between the officers and his friends over a $350 bottle of Champagne.
Extra points: The Dolphins are “cautiously optimistic” about RB Arian Foster’s groin injury and haven’t ruled him out for Sunday, ESPN reported. ... The Chargers announced they signed former Titans and Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster.