/Chip Kelly defends Colin Kaepernick, says former 49ers QB was 'zero distraction' in 2016

Chip Kelly defends Colin Kaepernick, says former 49ers QB was 'zero distraction' in 2016

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Former San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly has again defended Colin Kaepernick, saying the polarizing quarterback was “awesome” to work with and “never was a distraction.”

Kaepernick has yet to sign with an NFL team following a season in which he drew national headlines and caused controversy by kneeling during the national anthem as a way to draw attention to racial injustice. 

“At the beginning of the year, (Kaepernick) made a stance in terms of what he believes is right,” Kelly, now an ESPN college football analyst, said on a network podcast.

“And we recognized and supported his ability to do that, but he never brought that into the locker room. We had a meeting the day after the Green Bay game, that he (kneeled) in the preseason, and he explained to all the players his thought process and mindset for what he was doing. And there were some players who agreed with him and there were some…

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