Warriors coach Steve Kerr weighed in on issues surrounding the NFL and the ongoing conversations about Colin Kaepernick, expressing his support for the former 49ers quarterback.
Kerr, known to share his thoughts on social issues, said he believes Kaepernick should be on a team.
“I support Colin Kaepernick 100 percent, and I think he deserves a chance to play,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area. “And I was happy (to) see Eric Reid was picked up recently — Kap’s teammate who also knelt last year. So I support their right to play.”
Kaepernick, 30, has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in 2017, following a season in which he was both praised and criticized for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.
Kerr was then asked about what would happen if the NBA completely did away with the anthem before games, which led him to share what bothers him about the controversy in the NFL.
“It wouldn’t bother me. I’m not for it, nor against it,” Kerr said. “I believe patriotism is about doing something good for others, for other Americans. That’s the best way to be patriotic, to get out and volunteer and help others. That’s what drives me crazy about the uproar over the NFL players who have knelt in a fight for social justice. So many of them have given so much to their communities — given not just money but time. I read a lot about Malcolm Jenkins in Philadelphia and what he’s done in his community. And Chris Long. And people like Colin Kaepernick who have given a million dollars to charity.
“I’m so proud of so many athletes who are out there in their communities, knowing the power they have and the financial resources they have to make a change. That’s patriotism to me. The anthem is just kind of a symbol for that.”
Kerr went on to explain what would happen if a team signs Kaepernick, pointing to how the media reacts and a “media frenzy that surrounds” him.
“If I’m a GM of a team, I know the minute I sign Colin Kaepernick, it’s like signing Tim Tebow,” Kerr said. “Or it’s like signing, you know, one of the Ball brothers. And that’s probably a bad analogy. But it’s going to come with a storm. So even if your heart’s in the right place, and you go, ‘You know what? This is all BS,’ I want my team to be able to function. And I want to bring in a backup quarterback. But I don’t want a news conference every single day.
“I could see a GM going, ‘Man, I don’t really want to deal with that.’ That’s modern media. That’s modern American life.”