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Why 49ers' Fred Warner believes Kamala Harris as VP pick is 'big deal'

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Why 49ers' Fred Warner believes Kamala Harris as VP pick is 'big deal'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden helped make history Tuesday when he picked Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential running mate.

Sen. Harris, who was born in Oakland and served as the District Attorney in San Francisco, is the first Black and South Asian woman to be part of the ticket for a major political party in the United States.

That's meaningful for 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, who was a guest on "Race in America: A Candid Conversation," which will air Friday night after Giants Postgame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and after A's Postgame Live on NBC Sports California.

"That's obviously a big deal," Warner told host Monte Poole. "Anytime a minority is put in a position of power, I think that's great for our country, and I think it was a big deal, just like when [Barack] Obama got elected as president, as the first Black president. So just continuing to strive to get people of color into positions where we can make change and do the right thing."

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Warner, who turns 24 a few weeks after the Nov. 3 election, told Poole that he will be voting for the president for the first time. He explained why he didn't vote in the 2016 election, when he was 19 years old at the time.

"I think I felt like I had this mindset that I’m not very educated on it, I didn't know who to vote for," Warner told Poole. "I was kind of confused about it, so I was like 'Well, I don’t want to vote for the wrong person.' Also I didn't really feel like my vote counted. I'm like 'I'm just one person. What is my vote going to mean especially if I'm not educated about it?' Now I'm like 'OK, I have just as much of a responsibility to vote as anyone else.'

"In order to make an intelligent and educated vote I need to make sure I'm doing the work outside of just playing football, you know, instead of going home and watching TV, I actually got to put some time in and make the right decision."

[RELATED: Warner says fighting injustices can't stop in NFL]

The first Tuesday in November will be a special day for both Sen. Harris and Warner.

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Normally, Rocco just watches Klay Thompson when he's working out. But on Tuesday, the pooch got in on the action.

In a video posted by the Warriors shooting guard, he did 12 curls where he used Rocco as the weight.

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In early July, Thompson posted a video of Rocco providing moral support while he rehabbed his surgically repaired left ACL.

During the early days of Thompson's rehab, Rocco was at his side as he went through rigorous exercises with a trainer.

Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after tearing his left ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He reportedly was medically cleared to start training without restrictions in June.

[RELATED: Trainer says Steph "bouncy and energetic"]

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that Thompson and Steph Curry worked out together at some point over the last few months.

I think we can safely assume Rocco also was there for the Splash Brothers' workout.

Kamala Harris, noted Giants fan, named Joe Biden's VP running mate

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Kamala Harris, noted Giants fan, named Joe Biden's VP running mate

A Bay Area native received a high honor Tuesday, as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was picked by Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden to be his Vice Presidential running mate.

Harris was born in the Bay Area and is a noted Giants fan.

However, she did make a faux pas last year that might upset sports fans in the region.

While getting ready for a Democratic primary debate in July of 2019, Sen. Harris wore a Dodgers hat for a prep session with her team.

Sen. Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff, who is a Dodgers fan, poked fun at her with this tweet.

The Sacramento Bee, knowing that this might be an issue for Giants fans, reached out to Sen. Harris' campaign for a comment.

“She’s a Giants fan," spokeswoman Kirsten Allen told The Bee. "She had to borrow a hat today because she didn’t bring one."

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Coincidentally, Sen. Harris has posted photos with Emhoff on her personal Instagram account where he's wearing a Giants hat.

Despite the Dodgers hat slip up, Sen. Harris has made it clear that she's a diehard Bay Area sports fan. She has posted photos while wearing 49ers gear and at Warriors games with Emhoff.

Born in Oakland in 1964, the 55-year-old Sen. Harris served as the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and was the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.

Now, the Bay Area sports fan becomes the first Black and South Asian woman to appear on the ticket for a major political party.