Saquon Barkley on support of Colin Kaepernick: I don't care if I lose fans

Dan Benton

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Giants Wire

Published 6: 49 a.m. ET Aug. 14, 2019
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideAs New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley enters his second season in the NFL, he’s taking on a larger locker room leadership role and becoming a bit more vocal.In recent weeks, Barkley has retweeted support for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, criticism of President Donald Trump for perceived racist rhetoric and even weighed in on Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout.With the territory comes the potential for criticism, but Barkley doesn’t care. If he loses fans over standing up for Kaepernick’s or upsetting supporters of Trump, then so be it.”I’m not afraid to speak my mind,” Barkley told the New York Daily News. “If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care. But I respect that people have their own opinions. Everyone is entitled to that. I just would hope that people respect I have a right to my own opinion, as well.”‘HARD KNOCKS’ HIGHLIGHTS: Antonio Brown viewers an up-close look at his cryotherapy-burned feetTIME TO PERFORM: 10 NFL players at risk of becoming bustsAs part of his support for Kaepernick, Barkley recently retweeted a video that claimed the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who hasn’t played since Week 17 of the 2016 season, is being “denied work.”In Barkley’s mind, Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract in the 2017 offseason, isn’t playing in the NFL not because he lacks the talent, but strictly because he chose to stand up for his beliefs by kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and social inequality. Kaepernick began his social justice protest following the 2016 preseason.”I think you just answered the question yourself,” Barkley says. “He’s not in the league not ’cause he can’t play. I mean, is that fair to him? Because of his belief or what he views?”Ultimately, Barkley finds it inspiring that Kaepernick continues to fight for his NFL career, and hopes he eventually finds his way back to the field.”I mean Kaepernick’s a household name, everybody knows about him, for whatever reason you know him for, and to catch a pass from him [in the charity game] I thought was pretty cool,” Barkley said. “And even though he’s not in the NFL anymore, and like you said with retweeting the videos of him working out, I mean that’s just like I think it’s cool he’s still working out and still waiting for his opportunity for a shot and when the shot comes, he’s showing he’s still gonna be ready for it. And as a man, I respect that.”

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