49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick attracts both scorn and praise everywhere he goes for his protests during the national anthem, and his visit to New Era Field Sunday isn't expected to be any different.
But asked about the issue Wednesday, Bills running back LeSean McCoy urged fans to stay respectful toward Kaepernick.
"Be professional. Be respectful. You know right from wrong," McCoy said. "He’s a human being. He’s a person. I think sometimes fans or people kind of get confused. They think these athletes or superstars aren’t human, but they are. He has feelings. He has a family."
McCoy also said Wednesday that he plans to invite Buffalo police officers to an upcoming game as a measure of goodwill.
"This game or next game, I’m going to invite some police to the game, about 15 or 20, just an appreciation type of thing," McCoy said. "Because they’re taking so much heat right now. And the things that have happened are definitely wrong. But I feel like there’s always, just like there’s bad people, there’s bad cops and good cops. … Nobody’s perfect. And cops are getting a bad rap."
McCoy said his gesture had nothing to with Kaepernick coming to town this weekend.
"We’ve been in talks. It’ll be this week or [our] next home game, we’re getting it sorted out right now," he said. "Just trying to find the right date for them. They gotta protect us. They’re busy."
McCoy also referenced his own incident with off-duty Philadelphia policemen in a bar fight last winter as a way of showing he meant his words.
"You guys know about the cops and the situation I had," McCoy said. "For me to say that, that’s genuine."
Asked about fan conduct earlier in the day, coach Rex Ryan said Bills fans "could care less about who we’re playing" and said he hoped they boo the 49ers the same as they would any other opponent.