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What Chip Kelly’s support means to Colin Kaepernick

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As the movement that was started by Kapernick continues to grow, one of the supporters that means the most to the QB is his own head coach

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Many people across the sports world have stepped out in support of Colin Kaepernick’s movement, one in particular, is his own head coach Chip Kelly. The coach not only went to battle for the QB during a press conference regarding the QB’s right to talk about the issues when he’s asked about them, but also offered his own opinion that inalienable rights of american citizens are being violated and that shedding light on these issues is a positive thing.

Kaepernick was not called upon to play in Seattle but says he was ready to play, both mentally and physically if needed to:

I think I showed that in the last preseason game. I’m out at practice every day making sure that I’m ready for when that time does come. I’m always ready to step on that field and looking forward to that opportunity.

How do you feel about Chip Kelly’s support of your cause?

I think he’s a strong man. I don’t know if he realizes how much that means to me and if he realizes how much that means to these people, these communities. The fact that he was willing to take a string stand and say these things aren’t right, that’s huge coming from a head coach.

Has he said those same things to you?

We’ve had brief conversations, but once we’re at the facility, our focus is on football.

Steve Kerr also commented in the same grain. Have you heard about his comments?

Yeah, that’s huge. I think more and more people are seeing that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed in a big way.

How did the Castlemont thing happen? You reached out to them?

Yeah, I wanted to reach out and show my support for them. It takes a lot of courage to do what they did. Castlemont is also in a very impoverished area where a lot of these issues are taking place and to be with those young men and just listen to them, and hear them speak about whats going on, what they’re fighting through, what they’re dealing with on a day to day basis, it’s sickening to me that we allow that and we accept that as ok. It’s something that needs to change.

The quarterback wouldn’t delve into the actual stories, respecting the privacy of the people he has spoken to, but he said that there were quite a few stories that he heard and felt that just “weren’t right.”

He also spoke about how painful it was to see the events in Charlotte and Tulsa unfold and how horrible it must be for the families and friends of those involved.