Kaeper­nick tar­geted

QB says he’s re­ceived death threats

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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.

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