New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley said Tuesday he is not concerned about losing fans over\u00a0his support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Barkley told the New York Daily News he hopes that people respect his opinions \u2014\u00a0whether it\u2019s on Kaepernick, Baltimore or Ezekiel Elliott\u2019s holdout.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP\u201cI\u2019m not afraid to speak my mind,\u201d Barkley told the paper.\u201cIf a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don\u2019t care,\u201d he said. \u201cBut 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.\u201d\n New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo\/Julio Cortez)\n Barkley insisted that he makes sure he is up-to-par with certain topics before retweeting someone\u2019s opinion on the matter or giving his own.\u201cIf you ask me, \u2018Am I in year two being more willing to be vocal about my opinion\u2019 \u2014 that\u2019s what I think the question is \u2014 I think that was the same case in year one,\u201d the second-year running back told the New York Daily News. \u201cI think that was the same case in college football: understanding I have a platform and if there\u2019s an issue that came up that I disagreed with, I\u2019m more than willing to talk. I\u2019m not going to just talk about it.\u201dGIANTS WR TATE SUSPENDED 4 GAMES FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCERHe added: \u201cLike say if you asked me a question up there (at the podium) and I\u2019m not well-educated on the situation. I would go back, educate myself on the situation, and then be able to come back and give you a proper answer. I\u2019m not gonna just talk off of emotions and in the moment. I feel like with topics like that, definitely go back and do my research and do my due diligence.\u201cIt\u2019s not like \u2018cause I\u2019m in year two I\u2019m willing to be more vocal about a situation. No. I\u2019ve always been vocal and understand I have a platform. But hey, if I retweet a video of Colin Kaepernick working out and staying ready for the NFL and people dislike that, so be it.\u201dBarkley retweeted a video from Kaepernick\u2019s account last week. The former quarterback, who started a firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness of what he believes are\u00a0racial injustices in the U.S., released a video saying he was \u201cstill ready\u201d to play in the NFL.\n Eric Reid, left, kneeled during with the national anthem with Colin Kaepernick, right.\n (AP)NEW YORK GIANTS' PAT SHURMUR FINDS STANDOUT TACKLE AND 'DOG'GED DEFENDERWhen it comes to the Giants and Kaepernick, Giants owner John Mara has made his thoughts known on where he stands.Back in May 2017, Mara wrote in a Monday Morning Quarterback column that no one in the league was \u201cblackballing\u201d Kaepernick. He also said that Giants fans threatened to boycott the team if any Giants players decided to kneel during the national anthem.\u201cAll my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,\u201d he said in the 2017 column. \u201cIf any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn't one or two letters. It was a lot. It's an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I've run into.\u201dCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe added that the team never discussed signing Kaepernick, who last played during the 2016 season.