Earlier today, San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly went out of his way to show his support for QB Colin Kaepernick during a Q&A with reporters.
Well, I think it’s an issue. You look at what’s gone on in Tulsa and Charlotte in the last two nights; it’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country in that it needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of because what’s going on is not right. I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.
During a press conference late afternoon, Kelly got into a heated exchange with Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn over Colin Kaepernick and his protest.
Here’s a transcript of
Cohn: “How do you feel when he takes over the locker room and he talks about his concerns? Which are valid and important. I think specifically about after the Rams win, when you beat the Rams, and he was talking about injustice in America and I believe some of the players were uncomfortable with that. How do you feel when he takes over the room?”
Kelly: “I don’t think Colin takes over any room. I think–
Cohn: “Oh he did after the Rams game.”
Kelly: “I can give you my opinion of what I think. I think he’s asked questions about a subject and he’s answering those questions.”
Cohn: “He should turn down — he should say, ‘Talk to me at another time.’ I was in the room. Were you in the room at that time?”
Kelly: “Yeah, I walked by in the locker room. I’m in the locker room.”
Cohn: “Anyways, so we disagree on if he took over the room. Do you think it’s appropriate that he should be talking about those things after a win?”
Kelly: “Yeah, I do. When he’s asked a question, I think he should answer what his feelings are on those questions. If you don’t believe that’s a thing then maybe you shouldn’t ask him those questions.”
Cohn: I didn’t ask him those questions.”
Cohn: “We have a fundamental disagreement then.”
Kelly: “That’s the great part–thing about this country, isn’t it?”
Cohen has questioned Kaepernick’s protests for weeks but comes off looking foolish here considering Kaepernick’s teammates have been completely supportive of his protest.