Mostert: Kyle Shanahan Supports Players' Social Activism

49ers running back Raheem Mostert shared his thoughts on social activism in sports heading into the 2020 NFL season

Tiki and Tierney
September 03, 2020 - 7:45 pm

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem, igniting a national dialogue police brutality, racial injustice and patriotism. Four years later, with social activism becoming more prevalent in sports, the San Francisco 49ers are supporting their players as much as possible during these trying times.

“With the Niners, they’re very open about those type of things, especially racial injustice and stuff like that,” 49ers running back Raheem Mostert said on Tiki & Tierney. “Kyle told us, ‘Hey, my door is always going to be open, you know Jed’s door is always going to be open, and John’s door is going to always be open to talk about these things. You guys can even talk about it amongst yourselves.’”

Kyle, of course is head Kyle Shanahan, Jed is owner Jed York, and John is general manager John Lynch.

“Collectively, as a group, we’ve talked about things and some ideas and stuff like that . . . of what we want to do and how we want to portray our message this year,” Mostert said. “It starts with the little things, and then it’ll manifest into a bigger message. We’ll see what we have in store, but it’s one of those things where we have to get our message out and speak up. If you don’t speak up, nobody will. So you have to speak up at the right moment and stand for yourself if it’s something you believe in. That’s what we do here.”

The 49ers went 13-3 last year and won the NFC Championship, ultimately losing to Kansas City in the Super Bowl. They open the season at home against Arizona on Sept. 13. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.