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Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick address odd post-game picture

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Responses to the photo were inevitable.

Earlier this week, a picture emerged of Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton meeting on the field following the 49ers-Panthers Week 2 matchup. It was an odd looking picture that likely was just amazing timing with the click of the camera.

Kaepernick chatted with the media on Tuesday, and he was asked about the photo. He laughed and said the meeting was cordial, and that he was not sure what caused him to make that face. My guess again is that it was just the odd timing. When I take screenshots of the coaches or players doing press conferences, I’ve seem some comical looks just based on the timing.

On Wednesday, Newton spoke about their interaction with an Instagram post. He uses some really weird fonts in his comments, so here is a transcription with the weird characters removed.

I salute my brother @Kaepernick7 for making a stand for injustice in this country but.... the real problem is and will always be the people; and how we treat one another! I see a lot of memes and even articles about Cam vs. Kap, are they ok? But the truth is we are good will always be good... We all are all are different and have the right to fill anyway we want to...and I salute him for standing (in this case kneeling) for something to if not to fix the issues; raise awareness of the issues. I’m an African American; that’s black and proud to the day I die and I try to make an impact in my community as much as I can, how are you making a difference? But it all goes for nothing if we all don’t police “ourselves” and love one another no matter what the race is! We all have to do better and be held accountable for our actions (police included)...I’m not here to talk about race I’m here to talk about what’s right!!! And we all have to do what is right no matter the race, age, or gender.

Newton has been in an odd position through all this. He brought up issues of race previously leading up to his appearance in the Super Bowl, describing himself as “an African American quarterback that may scare a lot of people.” In August though, he said we’re beyond racism in this country. Sports Illustrated reported that the Panthers brought in GOP pollster Frank Luntz (and one who seemingly is not a fan of Kaepernick’s kneeling), “to help Newton frame discussions on race among other topics.”

It is an interesting development as issues of race have grown, particularly amidst more players joining in National Anthem demonstrations. And now that the Charlotte shooting is another issue in play, this whole thing is not going away anytime soon.

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