SAN DIEGO – Colin Kaepernick was not alone in not standing Friday night for the playing of the national anthem.
Safety Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in taking a knee among the 49ers on the team’s sideline during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said his protest was against police brutality and oppression of minorities in America.
Kaepernick was asked on Sunday why he did not recruit any of his teammates to join him in his protest.
“This isn’t something I’m going to ask other people to put their necks out for what I’m doing,” Kaepernick said. “If they agree with me and feel strongly about it, then by all means, I hope they stand with me. But I’m not going to go and try to recruit people and be like, "Hey, come do this with me" because I know the consequences that come with that, and they need to make that decision for themselves.”
Reid, a four-year veteran, was voted last year as the 49ers’ player representative for the NFL Players Association. Reid, 24, was a first-round draft pick in 2013.
Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.
It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.
The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.
The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.
Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:
We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.
We’re all in this together.
The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.
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