San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday he’s been receiving death threats over his decision to kneel during the National Anthem in protest over social injustice.
“I’ve had a few come my way, but not too concerned about it,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. He added that there have been a different “avenues” in which he’s been getting death threats.
He said that he hasn’t alerted 49ers security because if something like that were to happen “it would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.
“Granted, it’s not how I want it to happen, but that’s the realization of what could happen. I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. It’s not something I haven’t thought about.”
Kaepernick also touched on the death of Terence Crutcher, who was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Okla. Friday night. Video released Monday showed that Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a white police officer shot him.
“This is a perfect example of what this is about,” Kaepernick said. “It will be very telling about what happens to the officer that killed him.”