San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has been fired, as well as General Manager Trent Baalke.
This is clearly a direct result of Kelly allowing race-baiting quarterback Colin Kaepernick to take a knee during the pre-game National Anthem.
Of the 50,000 fans who attend NFL games, I have never seen one (unless disabled) who did not stand and respect the flag during the National Anthem. These people work hard and they pay their hard-earned dollars to watch Kaepernick and his teammates perform. THAT is where Kaepernick’s bazillion-dollar paycheck comes from, fan support. No fans, no pay. Many of those fans are veterans and/or the family members of veterans. Kaepernick owes them all an apology.
Kaepernick’s behavior all season was shameful. He should also have been fired. The 2-14 Niners are on a downhill slide it may take some time to recover from.
ESPN: SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers made it official Sunday night that coach Chip Kelly has been relieved of his duties — in addition to general manager Trent Baalke losing his job with the team.
Baalke had confirmed to a local radio station Sunday morning that he had been fired Friday, while Kelly said after the 49ers’ loss in their season finale Sunday that he expected to meet with CEO Jed York to have a conversation about his future with the team.
“I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team,” York said in a statement a short time later. “These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people you respect personally and professionally.
“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary. The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”