Colin Kaepernick reportedly has received death threats because of his continued national anthem protests before NFL games to bring attention to what he thinks is police brutality toward black Americans.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback told The Mercury News that the death threats have come from a "couple different avenues" but added that he also has seen positive results from the movement.
"I've had a few (death threats) come my way, but not too concerned about it," Kaepernick told the newspaper. "To me, if something like that were to happen, you've proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.
"Granted, it's not how I want it to happen, but that’s the realization of what could happen. I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. It's not something I haven't thought about," Kaepernick continued.
Kaepernick condemned Friday's fatal police shooting in Tulsa of Terence Crutcher. Crutcher, an unarmed motorist, was shot and killed by a Tulsa Police officer who responded to a call of a vehicle blocking the street, the Tulsa World reported.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it has opened an investigation into whether Crutcher's civil rights were violation during the shooting.
"This is a perfect example of what this is about," Kaepernick told the Mercury News. "It will be very telling about what happens to the officer that killed him."
The Crutcher shooting appeared to have led Jerry Rice, a retired 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver to change his mind on Kaepernick's protest. Rice had initially criticized the quarterback for protesting during the national anthem but issued a tweet Tuesday in support of him.
"I think other people picking up on the protest and speaking out about it from high school kids to activists to pro athletes, I think is huge," Kaepernick told the Mercury News. "I think as the conversations continue in these communities, more and more solutions are going to come up as to how to fix this as quickly as possible. That's ultimately the goal."
While one fan's protest burning Kaepernick's jersey went viral, overall his uniform continued to be one of the top NFL sellers online, according to the Washington Post. He said he will donate $100,000 every month for the next 10 months to different organizations, the Post said.
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