Colin Kaepernick received death threats but didn’t tell 49ers security

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.
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Colin Kaepernick is putting his money where his knee is.

The 49ers quarterback who has sat or knelt during the national anthem before every game this season said Tuesday he’ll donate $100,000 per month for 10 months to organizations supporting his protest of racial inequality and police brutality.

But Kaepernick’s actions haven’t gone without opposition.

The quarterback also said Tuesday that he’s received death threats since his protests began last month. Kaepernick hasn’t alerted 49ers security, though, saying he understood this could happen as a result of his protests.

“To me, if something like that were going to happen, you’ve proved my point,” he said. “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.”

Kapernick hasn’t been alone in his movement, with a handful of other NFL players showing signs of solidarity this season. Last week, soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee before a U.S. Women’s National Team game, much to the chagrin of U.S. Soccer.

He also isn’t the only one dealing with hostility for his protests. A youth football team in Texas received death threats after they collectively knelt before a game. That’s right: 11-year-olds received death threats for kneeling.

“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 Tuesday. “We’re talking about racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that happen across the nation.”

Kapernick’s protests are centered around police killing unarmed black people. Another incident occurred las week when an Terence Crutcher was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma after he walked away from officers toward a vehicle with his hands up. Video of the incident has been shared widely on social media. Kaepernick called Crutcher’s shooting “a perfect example of what this is about.”

In addition to his donation, Kaepernick will also launch a website that includes how the money is spent. He is still deciding which charity to donate to. In early September, Kaepernick said he intended to make a total donation of $1 million.

“I want to make sure that not only am I transparent about what I’m doing but these organizations are transparent about where the money is going as well,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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