Former 49ers Quarterback Slams Kaepernick on ESPN


Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest came under scrutiny Sunday morning from ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.

“The big thing that hit me through all this was this is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet, and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week 1, yet he chose a time where all of a sudden he became the center of attention. And it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction. And it’s torn at the fabric of the team.” Dilfer said on “Sunday NFL Countdown.”

Kaepernick will back up Blaine Gabbert on Monday night when the 49ers open their season at home against the Los Angeles Rams.

Dilfer was a former 49ers backup quarterback himself in 2006-07, and he is also close friends with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. Dilfer said he’s read over 30 stories about Kaepernick’s protest and watched television news become “inundated” nightly by it.

Dilfer offered his take on Kaepernick’s actions on an ESPN studio set next to Randy Moss, a teammate of Kaepernick’s on the 2012 team. Moss glared at Dilfer during the segment.

Dilfer also said, “Although I respect what he’s doing and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue, I do not respect the fact he put himself and his stance above the team. Because he’s not the only one passionate about big social issues.”

Dilfer’s take on the issue can be seen below:


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