Colin Kaepernick is not scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers but remains a possibility in a "constantly changing world", according to general manager Tom Telesco. 

Speaking last month, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick fits the team's style of play and, while the franchise are happy with their options of Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick, the former San Francisco 49er is on a workout list. 

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he opted to kneel for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. 

He was involved in a workout for teams in November last year and his cause received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. 

Telesco, speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, said the Chargers have no need to look for a new quarterback – as it stands right now. 

"No update, we're very comfortable with the quarterbacks we have right now," Telesco said.  

"If something changes at some point down the road, yeah, we would look at him and treat him no differently than any other free agent quarterback that's available.  

"But workouts for us are needs based, the need is not there right now. As you can see, this is a constantly changing world right now, so you always leave everything open.  

"Right now, we're happy with the three guys we have." 

Telesco added he is confident about the NFL season going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic despite complications other team sports in the United States have faced. 

"The protocols we're following, the distancing, I felt really good. People holding each other accountable, it's a lot of change for us but we felt really good about it," he told the media.

"Then you wake up in the morning and I saw that the Miami Marlins had a lot of players test positive and a couple of coaches. 

"The head trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, he tested positive, the Rockets CEO, I know how well they do things there. We're all under the same protocol. That's reality.  

"The reality hits hard that you just cannot let your guard down at any point, any time, it's going to be 24/7 that we're fighting this.  

"I will say that Anthony and I, we feel a real responsibility to keep everybody here safe. Players, coaches and a very large support staff of people.  

"What we've done so far, all the planning that's gone into this so far for us has been very efficient and we're going to keep working through it every day." 

San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Coonrod defended his refusal to kneel with teammates during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Thursday, saying he'll 'only do so before God because he is Christian.

The responses have been varied.

Alex Pavlovic, who covers the Giants for NBC Sports, posted one of the many articles about the matter titled, ‘Sam Coonrod explains why he was outlier before Thursday’s game’. The article, published by NBC Sports, attracted varying views on the athlete’s decision.

One reaction came from @process_this76 arguing that as a Christian, Coonrod should have wanted to spread unity and love by kneeling for a cause that supports equality.

“This is facts.

"Sad part is, it should be an excuse for doing the exact opposite. Being a Christian means loving everybody no matter what. Imagine not wanting to “kneel” to fight for racial inequality... How racist you gotta be.”

Dave whose Twitter handle is @thesalakian made a subtle jab at the potential for hypocrisy in Coonrod’s stance by pointing to his relationship status.

“He’s married. How’d that proposal go?” Dave said.

Similarly @Pdximport said, “When he proposes to his partner they will be shocked when he walks up, opens the ring box and says, ‘I only kneel before god’.”

While some fans are shocked that he didn’t participate, many are of the belief that politics and religion should be left out of sports completely. @ZP025 represented those fans who rather not mix politics with sports by saying “Opening day and we're talking politics. Awesome.”

However, others believed Coonrod should be free to do whatever. Jill Wade @allmericanboymom tweeted, “he shouldn’t have to explain himself for standing. He can believe whatever he wants to believe. No one faults the people kneeling, why is he getting ridiculed? Ridiculous society we live in right now.”

All points of view expressed have merit.

It is true that you shouldn’t mix politics, religion and sports. It is also true that Coonrod may be hiding behind his religion to avoid supporting a cause he doesn’t believe in. But just as important, Coonrod has a right to disagree, just as Colin Kaepernick had a right to take that first knee. Showing what you stand for through your actions should be the right of every man. How do we decipher which truth is the one that we choose to accept?

I know, for me, as a black woman, it is difficult to ignore the righteousness of the Black Lives Matter movement for the idea of free speech. But I may have to because if freedom of expression should be a right extended to me, it should be extended to everybody.

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Lewis Hamilton was warned he faced "potential consequences" if he wore a helmet paying tribute to Colin Kaepernick and therefore abandoned the plan.

Former NFL quarterback Kaepernick has been a divisive figure in the United States since he kneeled for the national anthem to protest social inequality and police brutality.

The demonstration has been adopted across the sporting world in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Hamilton, Formula One's reigning champion and first black driver, was among those to follow suit as his season started last weekend.

But the Briton revealed ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix that he had initially planned a display relating to Kaepernick at the sport's American event.

"I was advised from outside, from someone in the States who was really quite high up, that it wasn't the time for me to be doing so," Hamilton explained.

"There were potential consequences for me doing it, so that's why they advised me not to do it. I don't remember who else was involved. It's not particularly important.

"I do still have that helmet that I've done for Colin. And I did speak to Colin about it, who was super supportive.

"I'm grateful that I was able to do it [take the knee] last weekend, and continue on the great movement I think he initially started [that] so many are continuing on today."

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James feels the NFL should apology to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

The 32-year-old, who was involved in an NFL workout in November last year, and his message have received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

Three-time NBA champion James was asked about the progress the NFL has made now by coming out in support of Black Lives Matter and pledging $250million to combat systemic racism. 

"As far as the NFL, I'm not in those locker rooms, I'm not with those guys but I do understand that an apology, I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling when he was doing that as a San Francisco 49er," James said during a Zoom interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

"I just see that to still be wrong, and now they are listening some but I think we have not heard that official apology to a man who, basically, sacrificed everything for the better of this world."

Earlier this month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick.

Asked about Kaepernick and his future, Goodell told ESPN: "Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time. But I hope we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

Brett Favre believes Colin Kaepernick will reach "hero status", comparing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to Pat Tillman.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

The 32-year-old, who was involved in an NFL workout in November last year, and his message have received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Favre feels Kaepernick will be held in high regard because he was willing to sacrifice his career to strive for equality.

Arizona Cardinals safety Tillman cut short his NFL career to join the army in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was killed in 2004.

"I can only think of – right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman's another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero," Favre told TMZ Sports.

"So I'd assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well."

"It's not easy for a guy his age, black or white, Hispanic, whatever, to stop something that you've always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold – maybe forever – for something that you believe in," Favre said.

Kaepernick has been linked to the Los Angeles Chargers among others and Green Bay Packers great Favre added: "I think from a football sense – I can't imagine him being that far out of shape or that far out of touch with football that he doesn't deserve a shot.

"And he's still young, and hasn't been hit in several years. So there's no reason to think that he's lost that much of a step."

Pep Guardiola welcomed the Premier League's show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement but said "a thousand, million messages" were required.

The Manchester City manager said after a 3-0 home win over Arsenal he was "embarrassed and ashamed" by the treatment of black people.

Guardiola and his City side joined opponents Arsenal and Aston Villa and Sheffield United in taking a knee in the opening stages of their matches on Wednesday.

As the Premier League returned amid the coronavirus pandemic, players, coaches and officials copied the demonstration made famous by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he protested against social inequality and police brutality.

The issues have again come to the fore following George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

Guardiola acknowledges there is still so much more to do.

"We should send a thousand, million messages for the black people," he told Sky Sports. "For centuries, 400 years, to do what we have done to these people...

"I'm embarrassed and ashamed of what the white people have done for the black people. Just because you were born with another colour of your skin, how can people think they are completely different to one another?

"All the gestures are good and positive. They are to do with facts. Things are not going to solve in a few days, but [we will do] everything we can do to make it conscious that it is not acceptable.

"In the 21st century, it is still happening, this kind of thing - not just in the USA, all around the world.

"We have to do a lot of things for the black people which we have not done so far."

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were on target for City, while Arsenal's David Luiz was sent off.

The Brazilian had come on amid some early Arsenal injury problems, but the most serious issue saw City lose young defender Eric Garcia late on.

Garcia appeared to be hit in the face as he collided with team-mate Ederson.

Guardiola said: "We are really concerned. [Garcia] responded quite well but we have to wait. He is conscious, which is a good sign. We will make another test."

Colin Kaepernick fits the Los Angeles Chargers' style at quarterback, according to the team's head coach Anthony Lynn.

The Chargers are happy with their three current options at the position in Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick but do have Kaepernick, 32, on a workout list.

Lynn feels fellow NFL teams would be "crazy" if they did not have him listed as one of their own options as a potential signing.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He was involved a workout for teams in November last year and his cause has received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

"It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list," Lynn told reporters.

"I haven't spoken with Colin, not sure where he is at as far as his career [goes], what he wants to do, but Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we are going to be running. 

"I'm very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway." 

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job, a case which was settled in February.

Following his apology to players for the league's previous stance on protests, commissioner Roger Goodell this week said he is encouraging teams to sign the former San Francisco 49ers QB.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he is encouraging teams to sign former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

The 32-year-old, who was involved in an NFL workout in November last year, and his protests have received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

Asked about Kaepernick and his future, Goodell told ESPN on Monday: "Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.

"But I hope we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

On Kaepernick's protests in 2016, Goodell added: "What they were talking about and what they were protesting and what they were trying to bring attention to was playing out right in front of us -- and tragically.

"And so all of us saw that, and it was difficult for all of us. And so that was an important point for all of us."

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he now regrets not signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick on two separate occasions.

The Seahawks considered signing Kaepernick in 2017 when they had him in for a visit, and again before the 2018 season.

"I regret that it didn't happen, in some fashion," Carroll said on an online Zoom call on Thursday.

"I wish we would have contributed to it because the guy deserved to play. 

"I thought, at the time, in our situation, as a backup, I just didn't feel right, at that time. So, I had to make that football decision. It was about our team. We had our starting quarterback, all of that. And it wasn't going to be the open, competitive situation that I like to think our spots are, because Russ [Wilson] is such a dominant figure."

Carroll said Kaepernick contacted him during the 2017 offseason after the San Francisco 49ers and the quarterback mutually parted ways amid the national controversy over his kneeling during anthems the previous season.

"He had called out of the blue, to ask me advice about where he would go next," Carroll said. "I was flattered that he would even think to call me, because we had never talked before other than just greetings.

"We had great meetings, we spent the day together. He spent time with our people throughout the building, and almost a full day. And he was awesome. The fact that it didn't work out for us, I figured he'd go somewhere else and start for sure. And it just didn't happen."

Seattle considered Kaepernick again the following year when they were looking for an experienced quarterback to back up Wilson.

"It just didn't come together," Carroll said.

Carroll said not signing Kaepernick had nothing to do with his anthem protests.

"There was stuff in the media that we were concerned about him taking a knee, or whatever. That never even came up in our conversations. That was never even an issue for us," he said.

The NFL will not be on the right side of history until it apologises to Colin Kaepernick directly or assigns him a team, according to New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.

In a video released on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conceded the league did not listen early enough when players protested against racial injustice and police brutality.

Goodell said: "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.

"We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter."

His words followed widespread protests across the United States - further demonstrations have since taken place throughout the world - after the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.

The commissioner's statement also came after a video featuring several star players, including Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, called on the league to "admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting."

Goodell did not specifically mention Kaepernick, who has been out of the league since the end of a 2016 season that saw him become the first to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

Jenkins, the co-founder of the Players Coalition to end social injustice and racial inequality, told CBS': "I still don't think [the NFL has] gotten it right.

"Until they apologise, specifically, to Colin Kaepernick, or assign him to a team, I don't think that they will end up on the right side of history.

"At the end of the day, they've listened to their players, they've donated money, they've created an Inspire Change platform. They've tried to do things up to this point.

"But it's been one player in particular that they have ignored and not acknowledged, and that's Colin Kaepernick."

Carlos Hyde believes the NFL can prove it is making progress by bringing back quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Amid anti-racism protests in the United States and around the world after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, the NFL apologised for not listening to its players earlier.

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, starting in 2016, in protest against racial injustice and police brutality, but that was the last season the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback played in the NFL.

Hyde, a former team-mate of Kaepernick's at the 49ers, said the quarterback should be signed by another team.

"The NFL could start by signing 'Kaep' back," the Seattle Seahawks running back said on Monday.

"If they sign 'Kaep' back, that'll show that they're really trying to move in a different direction. 'Kaep' was making the statement four years ago about what's going on in today's world, and the NFL didn't bother to listen to him then.

"I think they should start by doing that."

Hyde, who signed with the Seahawks last month, said he agreed with Kaepernick's move in 2016.

"I remember 'Kaep' making his peaceful protest, and I was all for it. I understand the message he was putting out," he said.

"I understood, because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio – Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati, it's not the best area. I would see police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighbourhood struggling, violence, drugs, all that. There's not opportunity there.

"I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother live in Naples, Florida, so I was able to get away from all of that and pretty much start my life over.

"But not everybody is fortunate enough to have grandparents who live other places. So with that, I was all for what 'Kaep' was saying, I'm still for it."

The NFL must now directly address Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Kenny Stills having admitted it was wrong on anthem protests, Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas has said.

Thomas, then with the Miami Dolphins, was among those who took a knee in 2016 at NFL games for the United States' anthem, a movement that was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Those issues have been brought to the fore following the death of George Floyd and last week several high-profile NFL players were involved in a video that asked the league to condemn racism and admit it was wrong for "silencing our players from peacefully protesting".

Commissioner Roger Goodell responded by conceding the league was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier", which was seen as a significant step given how Kaepernick, who has been out of the league since the 2016 season, was treated at the time and in the following seasons.

However, Thomas says the NFL can do more and he wants the league to recognise Kaepernick, Reid and Stills directly.

In a text message to Peter King for his Football Morning in America column, Thomas said: "It is definitely a step in the right direction.

"However, I personally believe that people are going to call for the league to address what happened to the players who originally protested police brutality and systemic racism and oppression.

"They will ask that the league not only admit they were wrong for suppressing the voices of the players protesting, but also say their names, just like it's important to say the names of the countless black people who have been murdered due to police brutality so they don't die in vain.

"It's important that the league says the names Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills. It will allow the players to fully believe them and we could then all move forward together."

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will "without a doubt" take a knee during the United States national anthem to protest racial injustice following George Floyd's death.

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees said players who knelt during the anthem were "disrespecting the flag", comments which sparked fierce backlash and led to an apology.

Peterson – a former team-mate of Brees in New Orleans – weighed in and the 35-year-old told the Houston Chronicle: "Just four years ago, you're seeing [Colin] Kaepernick taking a knee, and now we're all getting ready to take a knee together going into this season, without a doubt."

"Yeah, without a doubt, without a doubt," 2012 NFL MVP Peterson replied when asked if he personally planned to take a knee.

"We've got to put the effort in as a group collectively. Are they going to try to punish us all? If not, playing football is going to help us save lives and change things, then that's what it needs to be."

Redskins veteran and seven-time Pro Bowler Peterson, who moved to Washington from the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Drew Brees has apologised, asked for forgiveness and accepted he "completely missed the mark" for saying he disagreed with protests in which sports stars have knelt during the national anthem.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback says he "should do less talking and more listening" following his comments in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed.

Floyd, a black American, died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, prompting demonstrations across the United States and beyond.

One protest adopted by sports stars across the globe was to kneel, echoing Colin Kaepernick's demonstration during his time in the NFL.

Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in protest against perceived racial injustice and police brutality, the same subjects that have been brought to the fore once more by Floyd's death.

However, Brees said this week he would "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country" in this manner.

The veteran's comments sparked responses of outrage - including from team-mates Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins.

Brees posted a lengthy apology on his Instagram page on Thursday.

"I would like to apologise to my friends, team-mates, the city of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday," he wrote.

"In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.

"In an attempt to talk about respect, unity and solidarity centred around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.

"They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy.

"Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.

"This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.

"I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.

"I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.

"I recognise that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.

"I will never know what it's like to be a black man or raise black children in America, but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.

"I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.

"I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognise that I should do less talking and more listening...

"And when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness."

Drew Brees has angered his team-mate Michael Thomas by saying he still does not approve of people kneeling in front of the American flag during the United States national anthem. 

Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Brees takes offence to the gesture, which he believes is disrespectful to those in the military. 

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said when asked about players kneeling in an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday.

"Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.

"I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that's what I think about."

The 41-year-old does see a connection between the sacrifices made by those in the military and those fighting for civil rights, but still feels the flag should be respected. 

“In many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed," he said. "Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the '60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. 

"And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution."

Brees' comments come a day after Blackout Tuesday, a day established to observe, mourn and bring policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the African-American who died on May 25 while in the custody of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Since Floyd's death, people have been protesting in several American cities, calling for an end of police brutality against minorities, and the NFL and the league’s teams are addressing ways of supporting and fighting for justice.

Shortly after Brees' interview, Thomas took to Twitter to respond to his quarterback’s opinion. 

"He don't know no better." Thomas wrote in one tweet.  

He followed up a few minutes later with another message directed at Brees. 

Thomas added: "We don't care if you don't agree and whoever else how about that."

Brees then tried to clear the air with his team-mate and others criticising him.

"I love and respect my team-mates and I stand right there with them in regards to fighting for racial equality and justice," Brees said in a statement to ESPN. "I also stand with my grandfathers who risked their lives for this country and countless other military men and women who do it on a daily basis."

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