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Nick Bosa apologizes to Colin Kaepernick for tweet calling him 'a clown'

Nick Bosa apologizes to Colin Kaepernick for tweet calling him 'a clown'

SANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa, on his first full day as a member of Colin Kaepernick’s old team, publicly apologized to the former 49ers quarterback for calling him “a clown” more than 2 1/2 years ago on social media.

Bosa said the original tweet, which was since deleted by his agent after he took over Bosa’s Twitter account several months ago, was not directed at Kaepernick’s platform to bring awareness to racial inequity.

Bosa faced the Bay Area media for the first time during a press conference Friday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium after the 49ers selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday night.

“No, it wasn’t directed towards that,” Bosa said of his tweet directed at Kaepernick. “It’s not like I’m saying his stance and what he was doing. That’s not what I was talking about at all.

“it was a specific thing that happened and me as a young kid, (with a) thought popping into my head and, boom, just decided to tweet it out. Bad decision. I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing a good thing. I apologize for that.”

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Bosa said there is no better place he could have ended up in the NFL that could help him grow as a person than the Bay Area. Bosa was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His parents, John and Cheryl Bosa, traveled with him from Nashville, Tenn., site of the NFL draft, and attended the press conference.

In addition to calling out Kaepernick, Bosa has also criticized Beyonce’s music as “complete trash” and called Black Panther the “worst Marvel movie.” Some viewed those statements as attacks against black culture.

“I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life, and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate,” Bosa said. “Sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case. I think me being here is even better for me as a person because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will.

“I’m going to be surrounded by all different kinds, so I’m going to grow as a person and I’m going to be on my own. In college, you still have that support system around you. Now I’m here, I’m going to be on my own. I’m going to grow up and learn a lot of new things.”

Bosa reiterated his belief that he will not have any issues in the locker room. John Lynch, 49ers general manager, pointed to a moment he witnessed when Ohio State held a practice in Southern California in preparation for the Rose Bowl. Practice stopped and every player and coach on the team approached Bosa to give him a hug when he showed up on the sideline.

“That spoke to me that here they are with Urban Meyer, who's a pretty intense coach, and he just let it happen because it just happened very organically, and to watch those teammates, I think in a situation where they could have had some animosity for a guy who made a decision to leave his team to get ready for his next step in his career, in his professional career,” Lynch said. “Instead, they all were appreciative of a guy who they had a ton of respect for.

"We did a lot of talking to coaches. We did a lot of talking to Nick's teammates. What they'll tell you is he's one of the most beloved players that's ever been through there to the rest of his teammates, to the coaches and all that, and that spokes volumes to us.”

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Bosa said he will change the way he approaches social media in the future.

“I’ve learned a lot the past couple of months,” he said. “So definitely think a lot more before I send something out.”

49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

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49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

Everything hasn't been coming up roses for the 49ers in the last week thanks to some injuries and an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The team will face the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks in Week 11. After failing to sack Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray in the first meeting, Nick Bosa will try to do better the second time around.

Murray has been sacked 31 times, which ranks as the third-most in the league. San Francisco, on the other hand, ranks second in the NFL in total sacks (35) and yards allowed per game (251.6).

Here is how NFL writers across the league see the 49ers-Cardinals game shaking out:

Line

Caesars: SF -480
Consensus: SF -500
Westgate: SF -550
Wynn: SF -550

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Predictions

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN: 49ers 31, Cardinals 20
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Cardinals 17
Michael David Smith, PFT: 49ers 16, Cardinals 13
Michael Florio, PFT: 49ers 34, Cardinals 21

Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

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Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

First, Colin Kaepernick sent a message with his arm. Then he sent one with his words.

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick told the media following his NFL workout in Atlanta on Saturday. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. 

"Around here, we're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent Jeff Nalley is ready to talk to any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready."

By most accounts, Kaepernick was thoroughly impressive in his workout, showcasing the arm strength that once made him perhaps the most feared quarterback in the league. The workout originally was supposed to be held at the Falcons practice facility and closed to the media, but Kaepernick and his representatives changed the location to ensure transparency.

"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on," Kaepernick said. "We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here."

"It's important that y'all are here," he said to the media in attendance. "Y'all been attacked for the last three years. Y'all continue to be attacked. We appreciate what y'all do. We appreciate you being here today. We appreciate the work you do for the people and telling the truth. That's what we want in everything."

All Kaepernick has ever wanted is a fair opportunity. We can debate whether or not what took place Saturday was indeed "fair", but clearly, he feels he proved enough with his performance. Now we wait and see if the NFL's intentions were at all genuine, or if the workout simply was a thinly-veiled PR move.

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"We'll continue to give you updates as we hear," Kaepernick said in closing. "We'll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams ... we'll let you know if we hear from them.

"Ball's in their court, we're ready to go."