Colin Kaepernick is not on an NFL roster, but he's still getting shoutouts from stars. The latest came Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Rapper Cardi B, known for her hit "Bodak Yellow," found a way to thank Kaepernick on national TV as she introduced Demi Lovato's performance.
“Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re gonna be standing for you, baby," she said. Kaepernick first sat and then kneeled during the national anthem, starting in the 2016 preseason, as a protest against social injustices and police brutality on African Americans.
Also on Sunday night, 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled as the national anthem played in Minnesota. Reid joined Kaepernick last year in his protest and has continued to voice his support for the former 49ers quarterback.
A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.
The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.
News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.
Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.
Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.
Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.
“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”
Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.