Colin Kaepernick: Quarterback says he has received death threats

    Story highlights

    • Kaepernick: Racism disguised as patriotism
    • NFL star has been protesting racial inequality
    • Controversially knelt during US anthem

    (CNN)At the vanguard of debate about racial inequality in recent weeks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats for making his views known.

    Kaepernick has refused to stand for the "Star Spangled Banner" before NFL games, instead sitting or taking a knee, to protest against what he has previously described as racist police practice and the continued oppression of black people in America.
      The death threats have come from a "couple of different avenues" including social media Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday, in comments carried by CSN Bay Area.
      When asked about whether somebody were to act upon the specific threats made towards him, Kapaernick said "it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now."