Practically each sports activities staff participated in Blackout Tuesday by posting a black sq. and in any other case stopping their social media exercise for the day. The posts are in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion following George Floyd’s demise and the protests which might be ongoing throughout the nation.
The San Francisco 49ers have been one of many NFL groups that participated within the motion, posting throughout all their social media feeds. The staff additionally darkened its Twitter profile image in solidarity. Nonetheless, the tweet was not completely met with assist.
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The 49ers have been the final staff to roster Colin Kaepernick following his 2016 protests throughout the nationwide anthem. Whereas Kaepernick technically opted out of his contract, the 49ers knowledgeable the quarterback they have been planning to launch him. Kaepernick turned a free agent on March 9, 2017, and has but to take one other snap for any staff.
Kaepernick first began his protest of racial injustice and police brutality within the 2016 preseason by sitting, then taking a knee throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than video games. As he defined after the third preseason recreation, “I’m not going to face up to take pride in a flag for a rustic that oppresses black folks and folks of colour. To me, that is greater than soccer and it could be egocentric on my half to look the opposite approach. There are our bodies on the street and folks getting paid depart and getting away with homicide.”
As a result of the 49ers parted methods with Kaepernick, many felt the staff’s Blackout Tuesday publish should not have been despatched. The tweet was met with numerous responses that includes Kaepernick’s title or photos of the quarterback taking a knee.
Hypocrisy: the observe of claiming to have ethical requirements or beliefs to which one’s personal conduct doesn’t conform; pretense.
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) June 2, 2020
This doesn’t imply a factor with out taking duty and accountability for the mistreatment of Black folks inside your group https://t.co/5PW3V8mOn3
— Grasp (@MasterTes) June 2, 2020
The 49ers acquired related feedback on their Instagram account as properly.
San Francisco defensive finish Nick Bosa additionally caught the attention of Twitter customers as a response to the 49ers’ publish. This wasn’t as a result of Bosa was outspoken concerning the protests, however as a result of customers remembered some outdated social media exercise from Bosa that surfaced throughout the draft course of in 2019.
Bosa, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, known as Kaepernick a “clown” in a now-deleted tweet, with a number of different homophobic, xenophobic and racists tweets and Instagram posts coming to gentle earlier than the 2019 draft.