Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick cleared the air this week about a photo of the two of them that appeared after Sunday’s NFL game between the Panthers and 49ers.
The photo shows Kaepernick with an odd, surprised expression on his face and Newton with his head tilted back. It appears the two are angry at each other and led to national TV media speculation of a feud and all sorts of Twitter memes.
The players say it’s much ado about nothing.
Meeting with the media in San Francisco, Kaepernick laughed and said the players’ exchange was friendly.
“I don’t know what caused me to make that face,” Kaepernick said.
Newton posted a photo of himself and Kaepernick sharing a hug.
Newton -- who addressed a fatal police shooting in Charlotte during a media conference Wednesday -- included a long caption with the picture:
“I salute my brother @Kaepernick7 for making a stand for injustice in this country but.... the real problem is and will always be the people; and how we treat one another! I see a lot of memes and even articles about Cam vs. Kap, are they ok? But the truth is we are good will always be good... We all are all are different and have the right to fill anyway we want to...and I salute him for standing (in this case kneeling) for something to if not to fix the issues; raise awareness of the issues.
“I’m an African American; that’s black and proud to the day I die and I try to make an impact in my community as much as I can, how are you making a difference? But it all goes for nothing if we all don’t police “ourselves” and love one another no matter what the race is! We all have to do better and be held accountable for our actions (police included)...I’m not here to talk about race I’m here to talk about what’s right!!! And we all have to do what is right no matter the race, age, or gender.”