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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Following death threats, Colin Kaepernick says violence toward him ‘would move this movement forward’ 09.21.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Mariners, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA playoffs: Mercury at Fever, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
WNBA playoffs: Storm at Dream, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, North America vs. Sweden, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Europe vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Augsburg at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 2 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Hertha BSC Berlin at Bayern Munich, 2 p.m. (FS1)

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Colin Kaepernick

— As the shooting of another unarmed black man by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, stirred up racial tensions across the country, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he has received death threats for his national anthem protests.

Kaepernick said he considered he possibility that he might be targeted when he decided to start kneeling during the anthem.

“To me, if something like that were going to happen, you’ve proved my point,” he told reporters Tuesday. “It would be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. That would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now. Granted, I don’t want that to happen. But that’s the realization of what could happen.”

Kaepernick said he heard racial slurs among the insults hurled his way prior to the 49ers’ game this past Sunday against the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina — where there were riots Tuesday night following a police shooting of a black man in that city.

“There’s a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism and people want to take everything back to the flag but that’s not what we’re talking about,” Kaepernick said. “We’re talking about racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that happen across the nation.”

In Tulsa, officers responded to call about a stalled vehicle Friday night. Video of the incident shows Terence Crutcher — who police say was not cooperating with their requests — walking away from officers with his hands up, and he is tasered and fatally shot when he gets to his vehicle and puts his hands on the driver’s side.

“His car was broken down, he was looking for help and he got murdered,” Kaepernick said. “That’s a perfect example of what this is about. I think it will be very telling what happens with the officers that killed him because everybody’s eyes will be on this.”

Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on the situation as well, tweeting: It’s time 4 all people 2 value all life! This is disgusting as a country -to let anybody get away with this. It must stop. #TerenceCrutcher

Lewis, who was indicted on double murder charges after the fatal stabbing of two men in January 2000 but eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges, added: All deserve life, dignity. -We’re not going to sit back and watch these tragedies go on! We need real changes! #TerenceCrutcher

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tony La Russa questions Colin Kaepernick’s ‘sincerity’ regarding anthem protest 09.15.16 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Jets at Bills, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alcorn State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Houston at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Mystics at Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, AS Saint-Etienne at FSV Mainz, 1 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Manchester United at Feyenoord, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: EUFA Europa, Schalke 04 at OGC Nice, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Thailand, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Tony La Russa

— Former major league manager Tony La Russa jumped headfirst into the racial debate that’s gripped the nation, refuting Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’ comment about baseball being a “white man’s sport” and questioning Colin Kaepernick’s “sincerity.”

La Russa spent two years working for Major League Baseball after his retirement from managing, and while he acknowledged there is an issue — only 8 percent of MLB is African-American, according to USA Today — he said attempts have been made to bring the game to the inner city.

“When he says it’s a white, like elitist, kind of sport, I mean, how much wronger can he be? We have tried so hard, the MLB, to expand the black athletes’ opportunity,” La Russa said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard program. “We want the black athletes to pick not basketball or football, but want them to play baseball; they should play baseball. And we’re working to make that happen in the inner cities. We have a lot of Latin players. We have players from the Pacific Rim.”

As for Kaepernick, La Russa said he’s not impressed with the 49ers quarterback’s decision to protest the national anthem.

“I was there in the Bay Area when he first was a star, a real star. I never once saw him do anything but promote himself. And all of a sudden now he’s a second-stringer and he’s got this mission … and I just don’t trust his sincerity,” La Russa said. “And even if he was sincere, there’s ways to express your belief in some of the issues that face blacks around this country without disrespecting the country you live in or the flag that it represents.”

La Russa said he “absolutely would not allow” one of his players to sit during the anthem, forcing him to leave the field until the song ended.

“I would tell [a player who wanted to protest the anthem to] sit inside the clubhouse,” La Russa said. “You’re not going to be out there representing our team and our organization by disrespecting the flag. No, sir, I would not allow it. … If you want to make your statement, you make it in the clubhouse, but not out there. You’re not going to show it that way publicly and disrespectfully.”

— The ACC became the latest organization to pull events from North Carolina due to the state’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, as the Council of Presidents voted to relocate the league’s championships until the law is changed.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Orioles OF Adam Jones hesitates to protest anthem because, ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’ 09.13.16 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
WNBA: Lynx at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Mercury at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey exhibition, United States vs. Finland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup, Revolution at FC Dallas, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Paris Saint-Germain, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Celtic at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Rostov at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Adam Jones

Adam Jones

— No Major League Baseball players have joined in the national anthem protest that is gaining popularity around the NFL, but according to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, there’s a reason for that.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport,” Jones said in an interview with USA Today, implying a protest could cost a player his job.

The article noted that 68 percent of the NFL is made up of African-Americans, while it’s only 8 percent for baseball.

“We already have two strikes against us,” Jones said. “So you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.”

Jones said he is dismayed by the fact that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, is being criticized for “what he believes in.”

“The outside world doesn’t really respect athletes unless they talk about what they want them to talk about,” Jones said. “Society doesn’t think we deserve the right to have an opinion on social issues.

“We make a lot of money, so we just have to talk baseball, talk football. But most athletes, especially if you’re tenured in your sport, you’re educated on life, and on more things than most people on the outside. But because Donald Trump is a billionaire, he can say whatever he wants, because he’s older and has more money?

“And when Kaepernick does something, or says something, he’s ridiculed. Why is that?”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose team opened a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday night, said he had not seen the story but respected Jones’ right to speak his mind.

“That’s why we fought so hard for these rights,” Showalter said, “to be able to do that in our country.”

Meanwhile, before the 49ers’ game Monday night in San Francisco, Kapernick and teammate Eric Reid again took a knee during the national anthem, while a few players on both teams stood but raised their fists.

— Ryan Lochte’s redemption tour got off to a strange start, as the Olympic swimmer was rushed by two men from the audience after his performance Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos LB Brandon Marshall joins anthem protest; Seahawks planning ‘demonstration of unity’ 09.09.16 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Maryland at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Louisville at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup exhibition, United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall became the latest NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, performing his protest before the season-opening game Thursday night in Denver.

Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, said he “felt it was the right thing to do.”

“I’m not against the military, police or America. I’m against social injustice,” he said, adding: “I think the more people do it, the more it’s seen — there’s going to be hate mail, hate comments, but at the same time, people will talk about it. Some people are going to stand by me, some people aren’t. But I know my loved ones, the people that love me and care about me, they’re going to stand behind me, and that’s all that matters to me.

“A lot of stuff that happened this summer, the police brutality, that sparked a conversation. We can talk all we want, but actions speak louder than words, so when [Kaepernick] took a knee, or sat down, he got people thinking. Then he was able to say everything he felt, everything he meant.”

Meanwhile, the anthem talk Thursday centered on the Seahawks, who revealed that they are planning a team-wide display of some kind before Sunday’s opener.

Tweeted Doug Baldwin: To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.

Asked by reporters what the team had planned, Baldwin would only say: “You’ll see on Sunday.”

Former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who has spent time with the Seahawks and most recently talked to Kapernick about his protest (and reportedly encouraged him to kneel rather than sit during the anthem), said he was impressed by the Seahawks’ team unity.

“It has to be a team-first approach in order to get anything done,” Boyer told Fox Sports Radio. “Whether it is Kaepernick’s mission-changing policy or changing things on the field, you have to be unified. Showing a common goal between different walks of life is how you influence change.

“I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day. Shortly after 9/11, our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification.

— Bruce Miller, who was released by the 49ers after being arrested early Monday morning, was charged Thursday with multiple accounts of assault and battery.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell weighs in on Colin Kaepernick anthem protest, saying, ‘I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing’ 09.08.16 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Panthers at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodall, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. Senator, said it’s important to handle this issue by showing the proper respect for everyone.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” he said. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe was stymied in her effort to protest the national anthem before Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Maryland, as the Spirit played the anthem before the players took the field.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise. While we respect every individual’s right to express themselves, and believe Ms. Rapinoe to be an amazing individual with a huge heart; we respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”

Rapinoe, following the lead of Kaepernick, took a knee when the anthem was played before her team’s game Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. national team star, who won a World Cup title last year and played in the Rio Olympics last month, indicated that she planned to continue her protest the rest of the season.

After the game Rapinoe said she did not appreciate the choice of words in the Spirit’s statement, adding she was “saddened” by the move.

“It was incredibly distasteful, four days before [the anniversary of] one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to ‘hijack’ this event,” she told The Washington Post.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall defends Colin Kaepernick, ‘one of the biggest patriots out there’ 09.07.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Padres, 9:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

— Outspoken Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he will continue to stand for the national anthem, but he heaped praise on Colin Kaepernick for taking the opposite approach.

“This guy, he is one of the biggest patriots out there. Because he’s standing up for human rights,” Marshall said during an appearance on WFAN radio’s “Boomer and Carton” on Tuesday.

Esiason previously said Kaepernick’s protest was “disgraceful,” but Marshall disagreed.

“When I look at the American flag I see a bunch of fights. You know how much we have overcome,” Marshall said. “When you look at it the American flag is bigger than just one thing. And, you have the civil rights movement, you have sex trafficking, immigration law. There’s so many different fights there.”

Marshall said his fellow Jets have discussed the issue, and it’s a good discussion to have.

“This conversation is happening in every locker room across America and also across the world as well,” Marshall said. “This is a huge topic and I’m glad that [the conversation is] being had.”

Added Marshall: “I think President Obama said it best — that’s his constitutional right. That was Colin’s right and that’s all the other guy’s right. But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all. I think that the message was a little diluted because of how much respect a lot of us have for those that served . . . and gave us our freedoms, fought for our freedoms. But the message was clear.”

Meanwhile, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, the Concord native who is coaching the U.S. team at this month’s World Cup of Hockey, said he will not tolerate a similar protest from any of his Team USA skaters.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Colin Kaepernick has company as he continues anthem protest 09.02.16 at 8:24 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Furman at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Army at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Northwestern State at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
College football: Colorado State at Colorado, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Kansas State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Toledo at Arkansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
WNBA: Storm at Sky, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Colin Kaepernick throws a pass during Thursday's preseason game in San Diego. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick throws a pass during Thursday’s preseason game in San Diego. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

— As boos rained down from the crowd in San Diego, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem Thursday, continuing his protest over racial injustice and other issues in the United States.

This time he had some company, as safety Eric Reid joined him. And in Oakland, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on his team’s bench during the anthem in a similar protest.

“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said after the game. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities.”

If he was distracted by the situation, Kaepernick did not show it on the field. Fighting for his job (which he lost to Blaine Gabbert last season), Kaepernick played the first half and completed 11-for-18 passes for 103 yards while rushing four times for 38 yards.

Coach Chip Kelly would not say if Kaepernick, who was on the trading block in the offseason, remains in jeopardy of being cut.

“We’ll make those decisions when we watch the film,” Kelly said. “That goes for everybody on the football team, not just Colin.”

Said Kaepernick: “This is a phenomenal organization, and I’ve had great conversations here. I’ve had great memories here, and this team has given me the opportunity to become the man I am today. I’m grateful for that. I’m thankful for that, and San Francisco has become my home.”

Earlier in the day, Kaepernick addressed his latest controversy regarding socks he had been wearing at practice earlier in training camp. The socks features cartoon drawings of pigs wearing police hats.

Explained Kaepernick on Instagram: I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately.

Lane, the 26-year-old Seahawks veteran, said he’s prepare for any criticism that comes his way as he followed Kaepernick’s lead.

“I just like what he’s doing, and I’m standing behind him,” Lane said, adding: “It’s something I plan on keep on doing, until I feel like justice is being served.”

— Penn State stirred up some anger among its critics by announcing Thursday that it planned to honor the late Joe Paterno this season, the 50th anniversary of his first game as coach.

The school said more details would be forthcoming about the Sept. 17 ceremony.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NFL executives blast ‘traitor’ Colin Kaepernick 09.01.16 at 7:36 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL preseason: Patriots at Giants, 7 p.m. (WBZ-TV, NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Seahawks at Raiders, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Charlotte at Louisville, 7 p.m. (FSN)
College football: Indiana at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Oregon State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
MLB: Giants at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Liberty at Fever, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

— Criticism — and some support — continues to rain down on Colin Kaepernick, but the 49ers quarterback isn’t backing down regarding his national anthem protest. Kaepernick has said he will not stand during the song until police brutality against minorities stops.

On Wednesday it was revealed that Kaepernick has been wearing socks at practice the last couple of weeks that are decorated with cartoons of pigs heads adorned with police hats.

Even before that information came out, seven anonymous NFL executives interviewed by Bleacher Report said Kaepernick is not likely to be signed should the 49ers decided to cut him (he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert last year and was on the trade block during the offseason).

One executive labeled Kaepernick “a traitor,” saying: “I don’t want him anywhere near my team.”

Another sample comment: “He has no respect for our country. [Expletive] that guy.”

One official said Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the league since Rae Carruth, who remains in jail for plotting to murder his pregnant girlfriend in 1999 while playing receiver for the Panthers.

“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” an exec said.

On the other side of the situation, a Twitter hashtag of #VeteransForKaepernick began trending Tuesday night and continued Wednesday, with many vets supporting the player’s right to speak his mind whether or not they agree with him.

Wrote one vet: You don’t fight for freedom of speech then criticize someone for actually using it.

— One day after detailing his battle with throat cancer during a Tuesday appearance on WEEI’s Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Chris Mortensen announced that he plans to play a part in ESPN’s NFL coverage as the start of this season.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: SF police criticize Colin Kaepernick protest based on ‘false narrative’ 08.30.16 at 8:36 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Mercury at Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

— Colin Kaepernick said that neither the 49ers nor the NFL have contacted him about his decision to sit during the national anthem to protest America’s race problem, but they might soon be forced to address the issue.

The president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York criticizing Kaepernick’s actions as a “total lack of sensitivity” toward police.

“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter,” Martin Halloran wrote. “Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

Kaepernick sat on the bench during the anthem for all three preseason games, and he said he plans to continue his protest.

Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons until leaving for the University of Michigan last year, said at his Monday press conference that Kaepernick that he has mixed feelings about the situation.

“I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said, later clarifying on Twitter: I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he supports Kaepernick’s right to speak out, but he would be concerned about the effect on his team.

“You respect our team, our organization and the other players,” Harbaugh said. “You respect the mission that we’re on and what we’re trying to accomplish. None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. That’s the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that.”

Meanwhile, Eagles rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Myke Tavarres said Monday that he also would sit during the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Jets this Thursday, but his agent said later that the player had changed his mind after consulting with his agent and college coaches.

“As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles,” agent Corey Williams said. “His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand.”

— Even before his Tuesday tryout for major league teams, Tim Tebow has an offer to play baseball with an established winner.

Five-time Venezuelan Professional Baseball League champion Aguilas del Zulia reportedly sent a contract offer to Tebow’s agents Monday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick will continue to protest national anthem until ‘there’s significant change’ in race relations 08.29.16 at 8:00 am ET
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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN); 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue to sit through the playing of the national anthem before games to draw attention to the problem of race relations in America.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday, two days after he sat on the bench during the anthem prior to Friday’s loss to the Packers, his third such protest this preseason but the first to garner national attention. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Mashup Poll: Is Colin Kaepernick crossing a line by disrespecting the national anthem?

  • Yes, he should stand and find a different way to protest (80%, 133 Votes)
  • No, he has every right to do whatever he wants to make his beliefs known (20%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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Reactions have been mixed from the around the league, although Kaepernick — who is battling to regain his starting job from Blaine Gabbert after a disappointing 2015 season — said no NFL representative has reached out to him.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”‘

Kaepernick, who is biracial but was raised by white adoptive parents, criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and said he’s taking a stand for those people who do not have the ability to do so themselves.

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” he said. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

Kaepernick explained his decision to his teammates Sunday morning, and while some agreed with his stance, there were concerns about how he was expressing himself.

“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”

Coach Chip Kelly on Saturday deferred to Kaepernick, implying he didn’t plan to get involved.

“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”

— On the same day dozens of people gathered in a Chicago church for a prayer service to remember Nykea Alrdridge, the 32-year-old cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade who was shot to death last week, Chicago police announced that two brothers were charged with her murder.

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