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Kyle Shanahan: Bothered by Trump comments, anticipates team demonstration Sunday

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The San Francisco 49ers last played on Thursday Night Football, and since then, Donald Trump made his comments in Alabama, and Sunday and Monday saw significant demonstrations in response. The 49ers will play on Sunday for the first time since then, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said he anticipates the team will do something together. He said the players were discussing what they would want to do.

Shanahan got questions specific to Trump’s comments, and he said he was “pretty bothered by it.” He said that you expect the President of the United States to be the best leader possible, and he views what Trump said as being the opposite of that. He sees a leader as someone who works to bring people together

Free safety Eric Reid has been the only 49ers player to regularly protest during the National Anthem. Shanahan has spoken with him and understands the intentions Reid has brought to this. Shanahan said he simply wants people to be themselves, and if an issue is an important to the player, “go for it.”

This past weekend we saw some teams with players interlocking arms, others with players sitting collectively on the bench, others with the entire team staying in the locker room, and still others with a mixture of activities. Reid is meeting with the media at 1 p.m. PT today, so we’ll see if he has more on what the team has planned as a demonstration.