Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shed further light on the fallout from his ongoing protest against racial discrimination and police brutality against blacks and his choice to kneel instead of standing for the national anthem at NFL games. And while he talked in depth about his current situation, his main revelation was that he has received a few death threats for doing what he continues to do.

Kaepernick says death threats came from social media, other sources

Originally, Kaepernick had met with reporters to talk about vegan weightlifting supplements, but when the topic turned to the case of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed African-American man from Oklahoma who was fatally shot by a white police officer on Friday, he gamely talked about his stand on the issue, and how it relates to his protest.

He also admitted that some people have taken his protest so seriously that they have made threats to his life.

According to Kaepernick, he had gotten death threats from social media networks and a “couple of (other) different avenues,” though at this point, he has yet to report any of the threats to 49ers security officials or San Francisco police. He also noted that if someone did actually shoot him and take his life, that would only “prove (his) point,” and get his protest moving forward at a faster pace. And when talking about the Terence Crutcher shooting, he told reporters that racism is often “disguised as patriotism” in America, and people focus too much on “(taking) everything back to the (American) flag,” when they should be more focused on stopping racial discrimination and injustice.

49ers mum on added security measures to protect Kaepernick

In the San Francisco 49ers’ first two games this season, Kaepernick has received his fair share of verbal abuse from NFL fans, particularly when the team went on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. But in a prepared statement, the 49ers told "USA TODAY Sports" that they have indeed not been made aware of any death threats against their erstwhile backup quarterback.

Spokesman Bob Lange said in the statement that the team investigates and evaluates “any and all security threats” and takes the necessary actions. But when asked if the 49ers will offer additional security to Kaepernick given his recent revelations, Lange kept silent, saying that the team does not share specifics of its security protocols to media.

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