Colin Kaepernick

Man who had Colin Kaepernick doll hanging from truck said he just isn’t a 49ers fan.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antone Exum (32) greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antone Exum (32) greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP

A man who only identified as ‘Raider Rob’ told NBC Bay Area reporter Scott Budman his decision to have a Colin Kaepernick Doll hanging from the back of his truck had nothing to do with the former quarterback.

“I am just a Raider fan and it has nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with race,” Rob said.

On April 23, Joanna Acevedo saw the doll on the back of the truck and captured a photo and posted it on Twitter with the caption: “Car with a lynched Colin Kaepernick Doll in San Jose, CA. And they swear Bay Area is free of hate.”

Rob did say that he will consider removing the Kaepernick doll but said if he “hung a Tom Brady doll, people would say I’m anti-American.”

Kaepernick, a Pitman grad who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, also was in the news last week when San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Nick Bosa apologized on Friday for calling Kaepernick a “clown” on Twitter in 2016 per NBC Sports reporter Matt Masiocco.

Bosa was drafted by the 49ers with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“It was a specific thing that happened and me as a young kid, (with a) thought popping into my head and, boom, just decided to tweet it out,” Bosa said in his introductory news conference. “Bad decision. I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing a good thing. I apologize for that.”

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.
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