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Kaepernick tweets about ‘ignorance’ and ‘justice’ – response to not yet being signed?

Colin Kaepernick signs his jersey after the 49ers played the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa Clara. Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract in March, remains unsigned.
Colin Kaepernick signs his jersey after the 49ers played the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa Clara. Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract in March, remains unsigned. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

For someone who’s not currently in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick is dominating talk around the league.

The former 49ers quarterback is reportedly being considered by the Baltimore Ravens as a backup option to Joe Flacco, who beat Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII to close the 2012-13 season.

According to an ESPN report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome want to sign him but team owner Steve Bisciotti is not in favor of it.

Newsome denied reports that the owner is blocking the move.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision,” Newsome said in a statement. “Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong.”

Coincidental or not, Kaepernick took to Twitter on Wednesday with a quote from the late writer and social critic James Baldwin, whose birthday was also Wednesday.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

The post had 169 replies as of 3:30 p.m. Pacific time, most of them appearing to be in support of Kaepernick.

This all comes days after Bisciotti asked Ravens fans to “pray for us” while pondering whether or not to sign the former Nevada star.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers on March 3. Despite throwing for 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games last season – his 4-1 ratio was topped by only five other quarterbacks – he remains unsigned. The popular opinion for this is because of his social activism and refusal to stand for the national anthem last season.

That hasn’t stopped fans from supporting him. His jersey ranked 39th in sales, according to a report by the NFL players union released Tuesday. He’s the only player in the top 50 not currently on a roster.

The support for Kaepernick doesn’t stop there. L.A. Weekly reports that a civil rights leader in the Los Angeles area is pushing for a boycott of Rams and Chargers games if the QB isn’t on a roster when the preseason kicks off.

“My attitude is Colin Kaepernick may not be Tom Brady, but you can’t tell me he shouldn’t be in training camp,” Najee Ali of the National Action Network told L.A. Weekly. “He’s being blackballed for standing up for black and brown folks.”

Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday that Johnny "Joey" Jones, a Marine Staff Sgt. who lost both legs in Afghanistan, is among the military members he's spoken with since his national anthem protest became public late last month.

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