Bart Scott: 49ers Teammates Need to Protect Kaepernick at All Costs

Colin Kaepernick will start for the San Francisco 49ers in Buffalo this Sunday, and there may or may not be members of the Bills defense who disagree with his social activism and political views. As a result, there may or may not be Bills players who try to cheap-shot Kaepernick.

And if they do, they should be glad that Bart Scott doesn’t play for the 49ers.

“I’ll tell you what: If we’re on the team together, we’re family. If you illegally hit my quarterback, my teammate, if I’m a defender, I’m taking your quarterback out,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’m taking somebody out. And if you’re on that offensive line and somebody disrespects your quarterback and goes dirty on your quarterback, everybody’s live. We used to call it red dot. Listen, we can play this the right way, or we can get into some gangsta (stuff). So if you want to get into some gangsta stuff and we’re playing every-man-for-himself ball, (fine). We can have a level of respect for each other because we both play professional football, so we’re all in the fraternity. But if you want to take a hit out of my quarterback because you don’t agree with his political views, that’s cool. I’m cutting your linemen, I’m ear-holing your quarterback, I’m taking that extra spot. We call it red dot.”

If you don’t know what red dot means, think about it.

“What do you do when you have a sniper?” Scott asked. “Red dot. Game over. You won’t see the game. We’re going to get him out of there. What did Rex (Ryan) say when he got here? If you take one of ours, we’re taking two of yours. That’s just the way it is. We can play this nice and neat, or we can get into some gangster.”

Scott doesn’t know if Kaepernick will be a target this week – or any week. But if he is, his teammates need to be there for him.

“If he doesn’t have 52 men riding with him, then they need to get rid of that guy – because you protect your teammate at all costs,” Scott said. “I had teammates that had different political views from me, different religion views from me. That’s fine. We can argue. But you ain’t going to touch him. I guarantee you that.”

Scott, 36, played for the Ravens from 2002-08 and for the Jets from 2009-12.

“I was in two locker rooms, man,” he said. “Basically the Ravens locker room and we made the Jets the Ravens East. The year before, we watched (the Patriots) high-low Kris Jenkins in New England every play. They couldn’t block him, so they were hitting up high and cutting him low. So if you do that to our player, Tom (Brady), you live. (Logan) Mankins, you live. Come around here if you want to. I’m going to chop them knees out like wood, and whatever happens, happens. Same thing in baseball. There’s written and unwritten rules in baseball; there’s written and unwritten rules in football, too.”

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