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Looks like Colin Kaepernick is sitting through the national anthem for some time

The Colin Kaepernick story isn’t going to change anytime soon, says the quarterback himself. The 49ers quarterback has come under intense fire since he publicly stated that he sat through the national anthem prior to a preseason game Friday as an act of protest.

Here’s what he said two days ago:

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"I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Here’s what he said Sunday during nearly 18 minutes of questions.

Kaepernick said he will continue to sit during the national anthem until he sees “significant change.”

>>Intense fan burns Colin Kaepernick jersey in protest

“I’ll continue to sit... I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to — I’ll stand,” he said.

“There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust,” he continued. “People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.”

Kaepernick then said that his opinions are not meant to disrespect the military.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he said. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening.

“People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening,” he went on. “I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

>>Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

When asked about the backlash he’s receiving or may receive due to his protest, Kaepernick said, “At the end of the day, if something happens, that’s only proving my point.”

Read all of Kaepernick’s answers here.

Intense fan burns Colin Kaepernick jersey in protest

Colin Kaepernick made waves this weekend by choosing to stay seated during the national anthem before the start of a preseason football game.

The protest has been criticized far and wide. While many grant that it’s Kaepernick’s free speech right to do so — the 49ers organization said as much in its statement — many others are taking issue with his decision.

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Consider the video by “life long 49ers fan” Shane White.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

“He says he’s oppressed, making $126 million,” White said. “Well, Colin, here’s my salute to you. Here’s my salute to you sitting on the bench for the rest of the year; sitting while you pee for the rest of your life; my salute to you.”

White then set Kaepernick’s jersey on fire, removed his hat, put his hand over his heart and played the national anthem.

>>Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

Truly a “fiery response.”

I'll let the video speak for itself. From a life long 49ers fan. #4everfaithful #GoNiners.Posted by Shane White on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game with Green Bay on Friday has ignited a fierce debate on social media among professional athletes and fans. 

>> NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

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Social media slams Donald Trump for tweet about Dwyane Wade's cousin's death

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to comment on the death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, stirring controversy and sparking outrage on social media.

>> While Dwyane Wade reacts to cousin’s death, Donald Trump politicizes tragedy

"Dwayne Wade's (sic) cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago," Trump initially wrote Saturday morning, misspelling Wade's first name. "Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

That tweet apparently was deleted and later replaced with one using the correct spelling Saturday afternoon.

>> See the corrected tweet here

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Trump later tweeted condolences to the Wade family.

Critics slammed Trump for politicizing Aldridge's death. 

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Olympic discus thrower auctions his silver medal for a boy with cancer

An Olympic discus thrower has auctioned off his silver medal to raise money for a child's cancer treatment.

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Poland's Piotr Malachowski won silver at the Olympics this month. After his win, Malachowski auctioned off his medal on eBay to the highest bidder.

Malachowski says the mother of a 3-year-old boy named Olek wrote to him asking for help so her son, who has retinoblastoma, can get treatment.

Retinoblastoma is a form of malignant eye cancer that primarily affects children under 5 years old. It can affect one or both eyes and can be hereditary.

Reports say the total cost of Olek's surgery is $126,000, and Malachowski says the treatment can only be done in New York.

He told his followers on Facebook about Olek last week in hopes of raising funds for the boy's treatment. The discus thrower took silver in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games. >> Click here to see his Facebook postZdobycie medalu olimpijskiego to dla sportowca spełnienie życiowych marzeń. Oczywiście najcenniejszy jest ten złoty....Posted by Piotr Małachowski on Friday, August 19, 2016

According to ESPN, the medal auction had raised around $19,000 when it ended on Tuesday.

The discus thrower says the funds he gets from the the auction will go directly to Olek's treatment. The Olympian wrote: "In Rio, I fought for gold. Today, I appeal to all — let's fight together for something that is even more valuable. The health of this fantastic boy."

Malachowski isn't the only Olympian to auction off his medal for a cause. U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin sold his to bolster aid relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And famed Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko sold his medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for more than $1 million as part of a fundraising event for his children's charity.

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In another Facebook post, Malachowski reported the goal for the fundraiser had been met.

Olek also has a page on the Polish charity site SiePomaga. As of Saturday morning, more than 12,000 people donated to the cause.

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is known for speaking his mind on Twitter, but now he’s taking his politics to the playing field.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

Kaepernick made waves after a reporter noticed that he was not standing during the national anthem Friday evening, in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

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The quarterback later told NFL Media that the move was intentional. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweeted that Kaepernick has sat during the national anthem before.

The 49ers released a statement about the incident:

The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.

The NFL also released a statement, saying that players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem.

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Tre Mason's mother says NFL player has mind of child due to concussions

The mother of NFL player Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies last month that her 22-year-old son has “10-year-old’s mindset” as the result of head injuries sustained playing football.

“Tre is not himself at all,” Tina Mason said on audio recorded from a PBSO dashboard-camera video recorded July 27, when Tre Mason fled from a deputy while riding an ATV west of the city. “He’s not making good decisions.”

Mason had been “admitted for evaluation” to a hospital July 23, after his mother had called deputies to her home, saying Mason had been acting erratically. Officers found him with a cut hand that day, prompting his trip to the hospital.

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The deputy says in the July 27 video that Mason was traveling at speeds that reached 80 mph as he was chased.

The video shows Mason, dressed in white T-shirt and dark shorts, running into his mother’s home just before the deputy pulls into the residence’s driveway.

In the footage, a deputy attempts to coax Mason outside by saying he’s not going to arrest him, even though he could take him into custody for fleeing and eluding with sirens and lights activated, which is a felony.

Mason refuses to come outside, but the deputy eventually gives him citations and has the ATV towed.

While speaking outside the residence, one deputy tells another that Mason should be in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he has played two seasons.

“But he’s (expletive) around over here,” the deputy says in the video. “His career is going down the tubes.”

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has said the organization hasn’t heard from Mason since the end of the 2015 season. The Rams placed the running back on the reserve-did not report list when he didn’t show up at their training camp July 29.

As Mason’s ATV is being towed away, his mother tells deputies she’s glad they are taking the vehicle.

“To watch it ride away is a blessing, actually,” Tina Mason says.

A deputy tells Tina Mason her son should be playing football.

“No, actually he shouldn’t. … ,” Tina Mason says. “There’s CTE and this head-injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is.”

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. It was not known Thursday whether any clinical diagnosis has been made regarding Mason.

Tina Mason tells deputies that her son’s mental state took a turn for the worse after the 2015 season.

“Clearly, we could see the change,” Tina Mason says. “Like, completely.”

Mason rushed for a combined 972 yards for the Rams in his first two seasons after being drafted in the third round out of Auburn in the 2014 NFL Draft. At Auburn, Mason rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior and helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 national championship game against Florida State.

Since the end of the 2015 season, Tre Mason has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement, including a March 5 arrest in Hollywood during which he was Tased after refusing to exit his vehicle

On July 23, deputies went to Mason’s home after family members reported “bizarre and angry outbursts.” When deputies arrived, Mason threatened to call the White House and have them all fired and made comments regarding Al-Qaeda.

“As much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked, as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on,” Tina Mason says. “He doesn’t even know. He’s not conscious enough.”

Every British Olympian had the same red bag; baggage claim chaos ensues

Some athletes who represented their countries during the Rio Olympics left Brazil after they finished their events, and other stayed until the closing ceremony. A number of athletes stayed in the country for days after the games ended.

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Among those was Team Great Britain, which flew home on Tuesday.

The team members, each of which went to Rio with a red suitcase, dealt with a debacle when they arrived at the airport's baggage claim.

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Eventually, everyone got their bag, according to Sports Illustrated, but it's unknown how long it took the British athletes to collect their bags individually when arriving in Rio or back in Great Britain.

Batter hits grand slam into windshield of own truck

With the bases loaded, two outs and the Gateway Grizzlies down 3-0 in the second inning Sunday, Brandon Thomas stepped to the plate.

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The outfielder for the Frontier League baseball club took a ball, then fouled off two more pitches working the count in favor of the pitcher 1-2.

Thomas then launched the next offering 394 feet over the fence and into the windshield of a truck parked considerably from the field -- his truck.

“Definitely worth it,” Thomas, who ended up going 2-5 with four RBIs, tweeted after the game.

The grand slam opened up a faucet of scoring for the Grizzlies, who ended up beating the Joliet Slammers 17-6.

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