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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' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

49ers' Kendrick Bourne, NFL stars not fans of league's escrow proposal

With each passing day, the concerns over the coronavirus grow.

For the sports world, that means uncertainty. Will the games be played as scheduled? Will there be fans in the stands? What will revenue look like?

On Tuesday, the NFL reportedly made a financial proposal to the Players Association, and it didn't sit well with the latter group.

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported, citing sources, that the NFLPA told its board of representatives that the league is proposing to put 35 percent of players' 2020 salary into an escrow account.

Pelissero relayed a response from an NFLPA executive Don Davis.

As you can imagine, the idea of not getting their full salaries didn't sit well with the players, including 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

Raiders right tackle Trent Brown weighed in.

Several other NFL stars, including newly minted $503 million-man Patrick Mahomes, shared the same reaction.

The NFL reportedly wants to cut the preseason from four games to two games, and the NFLPA later voted that no preseason games be played.

It's clear the two sides have a lot to work out before training camps open later this month.

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49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

49ers' George Kittle voted top NFL tight end over Chiefs' Travis Kelce

Who's the best tight end in the NFL?

While many feel strongly on the subject, there really are only two acceptable answers. You can bicker back and forth as to who is superior between 49ers tight end George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, but they're clearly in a tier unto themselves.

If you're partial to the intricacies of route-running, Kelce might be your choice. If you like a bruiser who contributes in all aspects of the offense, Kittle surely is your guy.

If there is a separation between the two, it's by hairs. Don't take my word for it. More than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players recently voted on the top 10 players at 11 different positions for the upcoming 2020 season, and the top two tight ends were separated by the slimmest margin of any position group.

To the delight of 49ers fans, and the ire of those of the Chiefs, Kittle came out on top. Just barely.

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After the first round of votes, ESPN's Jeremey Fowler reported Kittle and Kelce sat at a dead-even split. Additional voting and follow-up calls were required, which ultimately tilted the result in Kittle's favor.

Just like Kelce, Kittle was ranked as high as No. 1 at the position, but no lower than No. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only other player to receive a first-place vote, but last I checked it's 2020 and not 2015.

"Consecutive 1,000-yard seasons make Kittle a top contender, but his blocking and intensity helped earn him nearly half the first-place votes," Fowler wrote. "Where Kittle beats everyone is at the line of scrimmage and with the ball in his hands, as he forced a league-high 20 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus."

The voters were full of compliments for Kelce, but Kittle's mentality, leadership and scheme flexibility proved to be the tie-breakers.

"Be on the field, and see how he elevates the play of everyone in the offense. It's tangible," one NFC coordinator said. "He lifts everyone up."

"The passion on tape is unmatched," an AFC executive explained. "He's got that dog in him. More competitive than Kelce."

"Unreal passion, energy, toughness, blocking," said another executive.

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Kittle might have won the vote, but last time he and Kelce were on the same field, the Chiefs tight end got the better of him, both in the box score and in the Lombardi Trophy department. Of course, if Kittle isn't called for that questionable-at-best offensive pass interference penalty, it might be a completely different story.

In any case, there's no shame in Kelce being ranked below Kittle, nor would there be if it was the other way around. They're both extremely special players, and it's not a coincidence that their teams arguably are the two best in the NFL.