Colin Kaepernick remains a lightning rod in NFL circles. (Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick remains a lightning rod in NFL circles. (Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports)

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump took a shot at Colin Kaepernick, proclaiming his Twitter wrath is dissuading teams from signing the former 49ers quarterback.

Now former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is following suit.

In an article posted on Palin’s official website, writer Mary Kate Knorr calls Kaepernick’s Meals on Wheels donation a “political stunt.” Kaepernick recently gave $50,000 to the program, which delivers food for seniors and faces significant cuts under Trump’s proposed budget.

On Facebook, Palin implied Kaepernick’s political activism is the reason he’s still a free agent. “And he wonders why he can’t find a job,” she wrote as a teaser to the piece.

There seems to be a lot of truth to Palin’s comments. According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, 70 percent of NFL teams “genuinely hate” Kaepernick, because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem last year to protest racial discrimination and police brutality. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier this month the quarterback will stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner” this season.

While Kaepernick’s protest may be over, it’s clear he remains committed to social advocacy. Last week, he also donated $50,000 to help fly supplies to famine-ravaged Somalia.

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Alex Reimer
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.
Hour 1. John Tomase joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys discuss Keefe’s accusation that Kirk and Gerry have fake Twitter followers. In the next segment, Tomase says he doesn’t like going after colleagues for something that he doesn’t find egregious.

Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

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MLB: NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. USA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2, MLB Network)
NBA: Indiana at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NBA: Atlanta at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: New York at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Islanders at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Bakersfield at UT Arlington, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


— In a rare NBA occurrence, punches were thrown during the Bulls-Raptors game Tuesday night.

Chicago’s Robin Lopez and Toronto’s Serge Ibaka were both ejected after the physical fight broke out in the third quarter of the game at Air Canada Centre.

It started when Ibaka threw an elbow at Lopez after a shot made by Jimmy Butler. Lopez responded by grabbing the ball out of Ibaka’s hand and tempers exploded.

Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka’s head and Ikaka punched back, slightly swiping Ibaka.

Teammates and coaches rushed to calm the chaos and pulled the players apart. Both were immediately tossed from the game.

“What happened is we were playing physical basketball and he got frustrated,” Ibaka said after the game. “That thing happened where you just start pushing each other, like always happens when there’s contact, and then he throws a punch. You know, like a man, I had to defend myself. I’m not just going to be out there and watch a man like him punch me and just walk away. I had to defend myself.”

Lopez also declined to take blame for the incident.

“Things got heated, we exchanged a few words and it kind of went from there,” Lopez said. “I’m not too surprised [that it escalated]. It happens sometimes.”

As far as punishment from the league, Lopez believes he will be suspended, but Ibaka doesn’t think he should get the same punishment since he didn’t throw the first punch.

“I just hope the league will do a better job to watch, because if that was me, we would not get to that point, punching and stuff,” Ibaka said. “I know it’s basketball, sometimes we can talk trash or push each other. Punching like that, there’s no room, I think. I want to play basketball, I don’t want to get suspended. The fact that he’s talking to me first and like a man I respond and protect myself.”

As Lopez said, “we’ll see.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Golden.” — Drew Pomeranz, on his Tuesday bullpen session in preparation for his start on Friday

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Lucy Burdge
Mut is put in charge of the all important WEEI personality bracket, and he is torn on how to do the seeding of numbers 1 through 16.

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Chris Villani joins Mut on the program, and they being by talking about the accusation that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL. They discuss how ESPN talking heads are being hypocritical in their defense of the QB.

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