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Colin Kaepernick isn't the first star athlete to protest the national anthem

San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't the first athlete to make a public political statement.

The 28-year-old said Friday that he would not stand for the national anthem before games or at any other time. 

"I'm not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

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Kaepernick received a hailstorm of criticism, but he is one of many celebrities that have used their platform to take a stand. 

In his 1972 autobiography, "I Never Had It Made," Jackie Robinson detailed the moment he realized he could not "stand and sing the anthem" or "salute the flag." 

"There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made."

More recently, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf played point guard for the Denver Nuggets from 1990 to 1996, when he made headlines for his refusal to stand for the anthem. 

Abdul-Rauf said the American flag was "a symbol of oppression, of tyranny" and that supporting oppression would be against his Muslim faith.

He was suspended for one game but was ultimately allowed to stand with his eyes closed and head bent down during the anthem, Sports Illustrated reported.

In 2003, college basketball player Toni Smith made national headlines when she protested the Iraq War by turning her back on the flag during the national anthem. 

A year later, baseball first baseman Carlos Delgado, who was playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, protested the recitation of "God Bless America," which many teams played before games after the Sept. 11 attacks, by staying in the dugout during the song.

"It's a very terrible thing that happened on Sept. 11,” Delgado told the Toronto Star at the time. "It's (also) a terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan and Iraq. I just feel so sad for the families that lost relatives and loved ones in the war."

Delgado ended the protest in 2006 when he was traded to the New York Mets.

In 2014, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters stayed in the locker room during the recitation of the anthem before a game against the Utah Jazz. He initially said he purposely avoided it because of his Muslim faith but later said that his missing the anthem was a "simple miscommunication."

>> Looks like Colin Kaepernick is sitting through the national anthem for some time

So far, despite the backlash, Kaepernick has said Sunday that he's sticking with his stance. 

"I'll continue to sit," he said Sunday. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change -- and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to -- I'll stand." 

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Tim Tebow's baseball tryout is today

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is switching sports Tuesday.

Tuesday marks the workout, or audition of sorts, for Tebow as he holds a workout for Major League Baseball teams to take a look at his skills.

He's no stranger to the diamond, but it has been awhile since he played organized baseball in high school, The Associated Press reported.

More than 20 teams have confirmed that a representative will attend the workout in Los Angeles, ESPN reported.

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At least 13 teams, including the Braves, Marlins, Red Sox and Rays, will be attending the workout, which is not open to the public, Sporting News reported.

Tebow has been training, splitting his time between Arizona and Los Angeles, for the past year. He had a tryout with the Dodgers before the current season. He didn't make the team but a scout was there, and the team was interested in the quarterback, ESPN reported.

"I spent time with Tim Tebow is the cages," former All-Star slugger Gary Sheffield told the AP. "He's a natural. Tim has it."

Tebow also worked out with former MLB pitcher David Aardsma, who posted to Twitter.

Tebow was an all-state baseball player in high school. He hit .494 his junior year for Nease High School. His team made the final four of the Florida state playoffs, ESPN reported.

On the gridiron, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy and two national championships with the University of Florida. He was a first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos in 2010. He played his last season in 2012 for the New York Jets. He went to camp with the New England Patriots in 2013 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but was cut before each season, ESPN reported.

Tebow is not the first pro to try to change sports. Michael Jordan played one season in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bo Jackson also switched from football to baseball after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1986. His last game was in 1994, according to his MLB stats page. He was an all-star in 1989 and participated in that year's Home Run Derby.

Why wasn't Gabby Douglas at the VMAs with the rest of the Final Five?

Gabby Douglas can’t catch a break.

The Olympic champ had to skip out on presenting at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with her teammates after a sudden hospitalization.

>> Gabby Douglas responds to criticism: 'I apologize'

Douglas took to Instagram on Sunday night to explain to fans why she wouldn’t be joining her teammates — Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman — at New York's Madison Square Garden. Alongside a photo of her wrapped tight in a blanket in what looks like a hotel room, Douglas wrote, “Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can’t be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview.”

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Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can't be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview A photo posted by Gabby Douglas (@gabbycvdouglas) on Aug 28, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT

>> Gabby Douglas apologizes over national anthem controversy

Douglas’ publicist confirmed her hospitalization to People.

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“Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury,” the publicist said. “She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications.”

>> Gabby Douglas criticized for lackluster celebration after Simone Biles, Aly Raisman win medals

While competing in Rio, the gymnast was under fire not once, but twice by critics. Douglas first faced backlash after she was photographed not holding her hand over her heart during the U.S. National Anthem, and was criticized again when she seemed to not be excited enough for Biles and Raisman after their respective gold and silver wins in the women’s all-around.

Colin Kaepernick could be cut by the 49ers, but not for the reason you may think

Colin Kaepernick's days with the 49ers could be numbered, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

>> Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick controversy: Find another country

Kaepernick grabbed the national spotlight Friday night when he decided to sit down during the playing of the national anthem just prior to the start of the game. He described his actions as a silent protest against the perceived injustice faced by African-Americans and minorities in the country.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the media after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

>> Is Colin Kaepernick breaking the law by not standing for the national anthem?

By all appearances, bringing controversial social issues with him to the football filed may have only served to fast-track his waiver.

Glazer said he would be “shocked” if Kaepernick lasted the entire season on the 49ers roster, although he specifically says it’s not from a political perspective.

“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said on Fox Sunday. “I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

On Sunday, things reached a fever pitch when Kaepernick held a press conference with 49ers media. Rather than back away from his statements, he doubled down.

“You can become a cop in six months,” he said by his locker at the Niners’ training facility, “and you don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. I mean, someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people [that] have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Kaepernick’s actions Friday weren’t exactly self-sabotage.

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He’s been in steady decline since his breakout season in 2012 when he finished the season with a career-high passer rating of 98.3. Since then, he’s dropped off significantly every season, from a 91.6 passer rating in 2013 to 86.4 in 2014, and 78.5 last season. The release could come as more of a next step than a direct reaction to his comments.

Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick controversy: Find another country

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he elected to sit during the national anthem on Friday on the sidelines of a preseason game. In an interview following Sunday practice, Kaepernick said that he respected the sacrifices made for him to take a stand.

>> Is Colin Kaepernick breaking the law by not standing for the national anthem?

In the same interview, he called out both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for representing what he sees as the serious issues plaguing America. He called out both for their racist remarks. Kaepernick also had something to say about Clinton’s email server scandal:

"I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton] who’s called black teens or black kids super-predators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?"

When asked about Kaepernick, Trump said the player “should find a country that works better for him,” as reported by BuzzFeed.

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On Monday, he told "The Dori Monson Show," “I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try; it’s not gonna happen.”

>> Listen to the full segment here

(H/T Deadspin)

Looks like Colin Kaepernick is sitting through the national anthem for some time

The Colin Kaepernick story isn’t going to change anytime soon, says the quarterback himself. The 49ers quarterback has come under intense fire since he publicly stated that he sat through the national anthem prior to a preseason game Friday as an act of protest.

Here’s what he said two days ago:

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"I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Here’s what he said Sunday during nearly 18 minutes of questions.

Kaepernick said he will continue to sit during the national anthem until he sees “significant change.”

>>Intense fan burns Colin Kaepernick jersey in protest

“I’ll continue to sit... I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to — I’ll stand,” he said.

“There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust,” he continued. “People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.”

Kaepernick then said that his opinions are not meant to disrespect the military.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he said. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening.

“People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening,” he went on. “I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

>>Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

When asked about the backlash he’s receiving or may receive due to his protest, Kaepernick said, “At the end of the day, if something happens, that’s only proving my point.”

Read all of Kaepernick’s answers here.

Intense fan burns Colin Kaepernick jersey in protest

Colin Kaepernick made waves this weekend by choosing to stay seated during the national anthem before the start of a preseason football game.

The protest has been criticized far and wide. While many grant that it’s Kaepernick’s free speech right to do so — the 49ers organization said as much in its statement — many others are taking issue with his decision.

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Consider the video by “life long 49ers fan” Shane White.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

“He says he’s oppressed, making $126 million,” White said. “Well, Colin, here’s my salute to you. Here’s my salute to you sitting on the bench for the rest of the year; sitting while you pee for the rest of your life; my salute to you.”

White then set Kaepernick’s jersey on fire, removed his hat, put his hand over his heart and played the national anthem.

>>Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

Truly a “fiery response.”

I'll let the video speak for itself. From a life long 49ers fan. #4everfaithful #GoNiners.Posted by Shane White on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game with Green Bay on Friday has ignited a fierce debate on social media among professional athletes and fans. 

>> NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

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Social media slams Donald Trump for tweet about Dwyane Wade's cousin's death

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to comment on the death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, stirring controversy and sparking outrage on social media.

>> While Dwyane Wade reacts to cousin’s death, Donald Trump politicizes tragedy

"Dwayne Wade's (sic) cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago," Trump initially wrote Saturday morning, misspelling Wade's first name. "Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

That tweet apparently was deleted and later replaced with one using the correct spelling Saturday afternoon.

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Trump later tweeted condolences to the Wade family.

Critics slammed Trump for politicizing Aldridge's death. 

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Olympic discus thrower auctions his silver medal for a boy with cancer

An Olympic discus thrower has auctioned off his silver medal to raise money for a child's cancer treatment.

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Poland's Piotr Malachowski won silver at the Olympics this month. After his win, Malachowski auctioned off his medal on eBay to the highest bidder.

Malachowski says the mother of a 3-year-old boy named Olek wrote to him asking for help so her son, who has retinoblastoma, can get treatment.

Retinoblastoma is a form of malignant eye cancer that primarily affects children under 5 years old. It can affect one or both eyes and can be hereditary.

Reports say the total cost of Olek's surgery is $126,000, and Malachowski says the treatment can only be done in New York.

He told his followers on Facebook about Olek last week in hopes of raising funds for the boy's treatment. The discus thrower took silver in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games. >> Click here to see his Facebook postZdobycie medalu olimpijskiego to dla sportowca spełnienie życiowych marzeń. Oczywiście najcenniejszy jest ten złoty....Posted by Piotr Małachowski on Friday, August 19, 2016

According to ESPN, the medal auction had raised around $19,000 when it ended on Tuesday.

The discus thrower says the funds he gets from the the auction will go directly to Olek's treatment. The Olympian wrote: "In Rio, I fought for gold. Today, I appeal to all — let's fight together for something that is even more valuable. The health of this fantastic boy."

Malachowski isn't the only Olympian to auction off his medal for a cause. U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin sold his to bolster aid relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And famed Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko sold his medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for more than $1 million as part of a fundraising event for his children's charity.

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In another Facebook post, Malachowski reported the goal for the fundraiser had been met.

Olek also has a page on the Polish charity site SiePomaga. As of Saturday morning, more than 12,000 people donated to the cause.

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