Saquon Barkley to fans upset by his support for Colin Kaepernick: 'I don't care'
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley brushed off concerns this week about the possibility of losing fans upset by his continued support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In an interview with the New York Daily News released on Tuesday, the 22-year-old athlete doubled down on his support for the former player, saying: “I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”

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“If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care,” he said. “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.” 

“He’s not in the league not [because] he can’t play. I mean, is that fair to him?" Barkley continued. "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.”

His remarks came up after being pressed about a recent video he retweeted from Kaepernick’s account, showing the former NFL star doing a series of training video with the caption: “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still ready.”

The video, shared last week, also featured a clock showing how long he has been out of the league, reading: “Denied work for 889 days.”

Kneeling demonstrations during the national anthem before NFL games to protest racial inequality and police brutality started with Kaepernick during the 2016 season. He has not had a job in the NFL since the end of that season.

Kaepernick has frequently been the face of the protest movement and has been a frequent target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE and other conservatives over the protests.