Doucet: Goldson started it with a cheap shot


Doucet: Goldson started it with a cheap shot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dashon Goldson did not offer an explanation for his actions that led to his ejection from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.But Cardinals receiver Early Doucet was talking after the scuffle that led to Goldson's ejection from the game. Doucet was neither penalized nor ejected.TV replays showed Goldson on the ground in the defensive backfield after an Aldon Smith sack. Doucet, who was standing, took a swipe at Goldson's facemask.
Goldson got up and connected with a left to Doucet's neck and missed with a right. Doucet hit Goldson's shoulder with a glancing punch. Goldson connected with another right and grazed Doucet's facemask with a left as the players were being separated.Replays did not show what occurred to prompt Doucet take his initial swipe at Goldson at the beginning of the melee. Goldson had already left the 49ers locker room before reporters were allowed to enter after the game Sunday. Doucet told his side of the story in the Cardinals locker room.
"It was during the play," Doucet said. "The ball was thrown (actually, quarterback Richard Bartel was sacked) and he (Goldson) took a cheap shot at me. I fell, then I got up. The refs didn't throw the flag. Then, I just lost my cool, and then I went after him and then we had a little scuffle."It was a pretty intense game the whole game. We were all on a pretty short fuse. It was only a matter of time before something escalated. I guess I was the one that kicked it off."Doucet added, "He kind of hit me while I wasn't looking. I just kind of lost it after that. I'm usually a fair player, and I feel like that wasn't a fair shot he took at me."When asked he was worried about a fine, Doucet answered, "No, but I'm pretty sure I am going to get one."Here are some other comments from the Cardinals locker room following their 23-7 loss to the 49ers on Sunday:"They don't like us. We don't like them. Everyone knows that. There always will be a little extra here and a little extra there. It's a rivalry. . . . That's a good football team. It's hard for me to sit here and not admit they are a good football team. There's a reason they are 9-1, a reason why they are atop the standings in the division. I usually don't give credit to anyone, especially in the division, but I give credit to them. They played a good football game, and I'm looking forward to another challenge in a few weeks."
--Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett"You have to give them credit. They played well, but we had wrong reads, bad throws, bad decisions. (Quarterback) John (Skelton) played like a rookie. . . They (the 49ers) are not making many mistakes. They're playing smart football. They didn't turn the ball over. What did we have? Five turnovers? How do you win a game when you have five turnovers in an opposing team's stadium? That's what it's about more than anything. They're a big team, physical team. But if we make our plays, we have a great chance to be in the game."--Coach Ken Whisenhunt"You're not going to beat bad teams with that many turnovers, and you definitely are not going to be good teams like this . . . Every offense and every defense comes down to physical talent across the plate. They have physically talented guys. They have a great linebacking corps. Their defensive line is one of the best in the NFL. The fact is that they play their scheme well. Nobody gets out of position. You don't see a lot of explosive plays. You don't see them making mistakes."
--Offensive guard Daryn Colledge"They got us with a few coverages, but at the same time they gave us some stuff, but I just didn't hit it. . . Alex Smith threw the ball fine in the rain, so I'm not going to use that as an excuse or anything. It's frustrating more than anything."
--Quarterback John Skelton"They were playing cover-2, cover-6, cover-3. It was pretty basic, what they were doing. They are a good football team. You have tip your hats to those guys. There is a reason they are 9-1. They are a good ball club."
--Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald"They did a good job of extending drives by moving the ball down the field. We should have kept them out of the end zone. We played our hearts out, though, and left it out on the field. But it wasn't good enough."
--Defensive end Calais Campbell

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.