49ers apologize for excluding Kaepernick from photo gallery

SANTA CLARA — Where’s Colin Kaepernick? He’s not in the NFL, and he’s not in a 49ers photo gallery rekindling great memories of their rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.

For that, the 49ers apologized Friday and hastened to make amends.

“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention,” the team said in a statement.

Beating the Packers three times made for epic moments in Kaepernick’s six-year tenure with the 49ers, a stint that ended last year. He’s since been out of the league and has filed a collusion lawsuit, claiming his social activism has kept anyone from signing him.

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years,” their statement continued. “We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website. This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin.”

San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) calls a play during their game against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at Lambeau Field in their NFC wild-card game in Green Bay, Wis. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

General manager John Lynch reitterated that stance in a KNBR 680-AM interview Friday morning.

The 49ers openly supported Kaepernick as his final season came to an end amid his controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem. That support included matching his $1 million pledge toward social-equality programs.

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Although he opted out of his contract before the 2017 season, he did so fully knowing the 49ers would have otherwise released him rather than pay a $12 million salary.

Kaepernick’s biggest game came in his 49ers playoff debut, when he rushed for 181 yards (the most ever by a quarterback) and produced four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a 45-31 divisional win over the Packers. He followed that up by passing for 412 yards and three touchdowns in a 2013 season-opening win over Green Bay. Kaepernick and that 2013 team then ventured to Lambeau Field to notch a wild-card win.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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