Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that Colin Kaepernick is being given a chance to compete for the starting spot. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip Kelly clarifies why Colin Kaepernick isn’t starting, sorta

The San Francisco 49ers have issues at quarterback. Current starter Blaine Gabbert…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that Colin Kaepernick is being given a chance to compete for the starting spot. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Giants honored Jose Fernandez before Tuesday's game. (Courtesy SF Giants/Twitter)

Giants do the right thing, so should Cy Young voters

The San Francisco Giants honored Jose Fernandez, who passed away over the…

The Giants honored Jose Fernandez before Tuesday's game. (Courtesy SF Giants/Twitter)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time to cancel Kap drama

Now that Colin Kaepernick has mastered the quarterback position, he can share…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick isn’t ready health-wise to be the 49ers starting quarterback, according to coach Chip Kelly. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kelly: Kaepernick is the backup due to health issues

Through three games, Blaine Gabbert has appeared as he has for most…

Colin Kaepernick isn’t ready health-wise to be the 49ers starting quarterback, according to coach Chip Kelly. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick has started a national dialogue that won’t end — especially as long as videos of police killing black men continue to surface. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr, Marshawn Lynch join Colin Kaepernick in worthy call for change

Colin Kaepernick is succeeding in keeping issues of racial justice in the…

Colin Kaepernick has started a national dialogue that won’t end — especially as long as videos of police killing black men continue to surface. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers maintain strong team chemistry despite some wishing otherwise

The highly anticipated, in some circles, unraveling of the San Francisco 49ers’…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Balls Nation speaks: It’s game on for #boycottNFL

Ya’ve done good, Balls Nation. Ya’ve done good. Support of #boycottNFL in…

San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rams looked pathetic — making it hard to gauge how good the 49ers actually are

So we’ll get to the trivial stuff quickly, meaning you won’t have…

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The U.S. military was honored as a part of 9/11 ceremonies before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

#BoycottNFL is an idea whose time has come

It was dumbarrassment as usual on the first Sunday of the NFL…

The U.S. military was honored as a part of 9/11 ceremonies before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
Jed York pledged $1 million to two charities on Thursday. (Web Summit/Flickr)

Jed York doubles down on social justice initiatives

For the second time this offseason, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York…

Jed York pledged $1 million to two charities on Thursday. (Web Summit/Flickr)
Derek Carr attempted to compare someone to the incomparable. Let's just get the games started already. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Empty talk reigns supreme ahead of NFL season kickoff

The NFL schedule is in that not-so-sweet spot between the end of…

Derek Carr attempted to compare someone to the incomparable. Let's just get the games started already. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Giants see the enemy, and it is their former selves

CHICAGO — The showdown against the Chicago Cubs is a biggie for…

Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Standing on ceremony

My 10-year-old daughter doesn’t stand during the national anthem at baseball games.…

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Colin Kaepernick plays admirably despite heightened attention

This may be the most attention a preseason NFL game has ever…

Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambles against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter during their preseason game on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Colin Kaepernick pledges to donate $1M; Chip Kelly says he’s ‘proud’ of team

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been attacked for being anti-American…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambles against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter during their preseason game on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jeff Samardzija fades when Giants need him most

CHICAGO — When the Giants shelled out 90-million bucks for free agent Jeff…

Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Demonstrators turned out in front of the SFPOA headquarters on Wednesday in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick and the tipping point for athlete expression in a post-Ferguson America

Colin Kaepernick has undergone an awakening, and it manifested itself in his…

Demonstrators turned out in front of the SFPOA headquarters on Wednesday in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick’s roster spot safe for the moment

He’s dominated the national discussion since sitting out the national anthem before…

Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Melissa Hafez holds a sign during a protest outside the San Francisco Police Officers Association in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 held by the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition and other local groups standing behind 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Kaepernick’s national anthem stance fuels local dispute over SF police

Two unlikely issues crossed paths this week in San Francisco: a football…

Melissa Hafez holds a sign during a protest outside the San Francisco Police Officers Association in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 held by the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition and other local groups standing behind 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Timing is curious, but Kap’s actions nothing new in NorCal

NEW YORK — A quarterback is in the hot seat because he…

Colin Kaepernick watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)