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49ers coaches will havethe option to wear hat patches with names/initials of systematic racism or one of four phrases: “It takes all of us,” “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” or “Black Lives Matter.” The 49ers will have to option to wear the same on their helmet decals as well.

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‘He’s gonna crush whoever’s in his way’: Trent Williams looms, zooms for 49ers

Drake and his entourage arrived first, warmed up, then waited for Peterson’s friends to arrive. When they finally did, the first to take the court was Trent Williams, whom Peterson first met when they were teenagers in East Texas. Drake and his teammates looked at the offensive tackle and figured the big man would park himself in the paint, maybe be a Charles Oakley-like force on the boards, but otherwise let the skill-position athletes, like Peterson and running back Melvin Gordon, who also was on hand that day, run the show.

They were wrong.

As he normally does, Williams grabbed the ball and played point guard. Then he shocked the newcomers with a crossover dribble every bit as sudden and vicious as that of his boyhood idol, Allen Iverson.

“He’s crossing guys over and he’s spinning off guys and taking it to the hole and he’s dishing it off like he’s Magic Johnson or something,” Peterson recalled. “And then he’ll sit there and dunk it on you, too. Yeah, he’s caught a lot of guys off guard because you don’t expect a 300-pound guy to move like he moves.”

49ers season prediction: Game-by-game picks, analysis for 2020 campaign

NFC WEST

1. 49ers (11-5)

2. Arizona

3. Seattle

4. L.A. Rams

NFC Playoffs

Wild card round: 49ers over Atlanta; Green Bay over Arizona; Dallas over Seattle

Divisional round: New Orleans over Green Bay; 49ers over Dallas

NFC Championship: New Orleans over 49ers

49ers forcefully respond to Santa Clara complaint that team owes city millions

The 49ers provided the following statement to SFGATE in response to Santa Clara City Attorney Brian Doyle, who spoke to The Mercury News and alleged that the San Francisco 49ers are not paying rent for two home preseason games that were cancelled:

“Mr. Doyle is, again, misrepresenting the facts in service of the City’s ongoing political agenda. The September rent payment will be paid in full, in accordance with the terms of the Lease.

While the 49ers work to support the region’s economy, Mayor Gillmor continues a pattern of mismanagement that is costing the city critical revenue, hurting small businesses, and endangering local jobs. This is just another attempt to scapegoat the 49ers for her incompetence, and her confusion on the terms of the Lease that she supported enthusiastically when it suited her political aspirations.

Mayor Gillmor is spending millions on PR consultants, advisors, and providing raises, during a global pandemic, to the already highest paid City Manager in the state, all while knowing the city’s budget is in disarray and has been for years.

Instead of scapegoating the 49ers, it is time for the Mayor to look inward.”

What we’re learning Thursday at 49ers HQ: Brandon Aiyuk returns

Defensive end Dee Ford said he hasn’t felt much of a difference amid smoky conditions. “It looks crazy outside but I haven’t felt anything different as far as my wind,” Ford said. “I actually feel pretty good cardiovascular-wise. I think we’ll be fine.”

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh added: “Shoot, I grew up in the heart of Ford Motor Company factory so it doesn’t smell any different to me. All kidding aside, the air quality has been fine out here so I don’t think it’s going to be an issue Sunday.”

Richard Sherman explains his thoughts on striking to protest racism, police brutality

“There honestly haven’t been a ton of conversations like that in our locker room. I have had conversations with other players who echoed those thoughts about that potential,” he said via Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee. “For me, it just has to make sense. And if you told me that boycotting an NFL game would stop police brutality and stop the injustices that people of color deal with, then I would be all for it. Iw ould say we need to miss seasons, we need to miss the game, we need to stop it now.

“But, in my personal opinion, I don’t see how missing a football game is going to keep police from killing unarmed black people. I don’t see that as a solution, honestly. I wish I had the solution. I wish there was something I could say right now to stop it. I wish I could take those bullets out of the people who were killed. I wish George Floyd was still here. I wish we could back and train those officers better. I wish we could do something different, but we can’t. I think that’s where we need to find a better solution.”