A yr after vigorously supporting Colin Kaepernick’s proper to kneel in protest in the course of the nationwide anthem, 49ers possession reacted with swift condemnation Saturday of President Trump’s plea to fireside gamers who protest.
Jed York, the 49ers CEO, issued the next assertion:
“The callous and offensive feedback made by the President are contradictory to what this nice nation stands for.
“Our gamers have exercised their rights as United States residents with a purpose to spark dialog and motion to deal with social injustice.
“We’ll proceed to help them of their peaceable pursuit of constructive change in our nation and all over the world.
“The San Francisco 49ers will proceed to work towards bringing communities, and people who serve them, nearer collectively.”
York was amongst th first NFL house owners to answer Trump’s take, as did the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell launched a press release that learn:
“The NFL and our gamers are at our greatest once we assist create a way of unity in our nation and our tradition. There isn’t a higher instance than the superb response from our golf equipment and gamers to the horrible pure disasters we’ve skilled during the last month. Divisive feedback like these reveal an unlucky lack of respect for the NFL, our nice recreation and all of our gamers, and a failure to know the overwhelming drive for good our golf equipment and gamers symbolize in our communities.”
A yr in the past, the 49ers pledged to match Kaepernick’s $1 million towards group initiatives selling racial and social equality.
Kaepernick stays out of the NFL after opting in March to go away the 49ers, who would have in any other case minimize him than pay his $14.5 million wage beneath new coach Kyle Shanahan. Kaepernick knelt all through final season’s anthems with teammates Eric Reid and Eli Harold.
Trump, in a speech Friday night time and comply with-up tweets Saturday, suggested NFL house owners to fireside anybody who kneels through the anthem.
Though Reid resumed kneeling this season after not doing so within the first exhibition, he’s been surrounded by almost a dozen teammates with arms on his and their shoulders through the anthem.