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Giants star Saquon Barkley doesn’t care if he loses fans as he supports Colin Kaepernick

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Last week, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley retweeted a workout video from Colin Kaepernick in support of the free agent quarterback, and Barkley understands that he may take a hit for it. He just doesn’t care.

“If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care,” said Barkley, according to Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News. “But I respect that people have their own opinions. Everyone is entitled to that. I just would hope that people respect I have a right to my own opinion, as well.”

Barkley added that he is “not afraid” to speak his mind.

“If you ask me, ‘Am I in year two being more willing to be vocal about my opinion’ — that’s what I think the question is — I think that was the same case in year one,” Barkley said. “I think that was the same case in college football: understanding I have a platform and if there’s an issue that came up that I disagreed with, I’m more than willing to talk. I’m not going to just talk about it.

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The 22-year-old is coming off of a spectacular rookie campaign in which he racked up 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 91 receptions for 721 yards and four scores en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Barkley, who played his collegiate football at Penn State, was originally selected by the Giants with the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, New York won just five games this past season and has made just one playoff appearance since last winning the Super Bowl during the 2011-12 campaign.