Controversial quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick will take the field for the first time since November 2015. After Blaine Gabbert underperformed in the first five games of the 2016-17 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly gave Kaepernick another chance to be the starting quarterback for the 49ers Wednesday.
While Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Hot 97 host Nessa Diab, has praised her boyfriend in the past, she remained silent about Wednesday’s development. Instead of praising him, she posted about politics. Her main focus was the “locker room” comments made by Republican nominee Donald Trump. He joked about sexual assault 10 years ago with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. The Washington Post leaked the video Oct. 7.
Instead of writing her own tweets, Nessa shared comments from other celebrities. Chelsea Handler, Jerry Springer, Katy Perry and justice reporter Shaun King were some of the people she quoted.
The only hint she gave about Kaepernick was a retweet she posted from one of her followers. It reads, “We behind @Kaepernick7 this weekend like……” The picture shows legendary boxer Muhammad Ali standing in front of hundreds of people.
The only tweet she has written is an advertisement for T-Mobile. She is getting paid to sponsor them. “There's nothing like a morning workout w/ unlimited music streaming!” the general message reads. “Thanks to @TMobile I can focus on working out and not on my data!” It's popped up twice in the past week.
Kaepernick garnered national attention when he refused to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner” during pre-season games. He continued his protest into the regular season. Kaepernick said he will not stand while there is social injustice and police brutality.
49ers head coach Chip Kelly supports Kaepernick’s protest. “I think sometimes he's very misunderstood. I think people's reaction toward what he's trying to do is very misunderstood. But I think Colin has a clear heart and a clear vision of what he's trying to get accomplished and I support that,” Kelly told reporters Thursday. “There's a huge issue going on in this country and I don't think anybody can say that they think it's OK.”
It's the first time Kaepernick will be on the field since Nov. 1, 2015. He lost his position as starting quarterback after he injured his shoulder. He needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder.
The 49ers will face the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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