Colin Kaepernick Announces Memoir, Says He Still Wants To Play Football: I’m Waiting On The Owners & Their Partners To Stop Running
After a controversial bout with the NFL, Colin Kaepernick is ready to share his story.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been off the NFL field since 2017, months after he started kneeling during the games’ national anthems to protest against police brutality. Since then, he’s been allegedly blackballed from the NFL. In November, the league said it didn’t have plans to move forward with Colin Kaepernick after he called out the NFL following a workout with a number of its teams.
Most recently, the commissioner for the American football XFL, Oliver Luck, said it had to pass on Kaepernick because of his alleged salary demands.
“We gave it some thought. We have some pretty significant salary restrictions, you know. We’re a start-up league, so we want to make sure that we can be fiscally responsible and fiscally prudent. And the salary requirements that some folks shared with us were, in our case, exorbitant, so we couldn’t go down that path.”
“We spoke with his representative and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”
Kaepernick is slated to share his experiences through an upcoming memoir that was announced Thursday (Feb.1 3). It will be published through his company, Kaepernick Publishing.
Despite his setbacks, he said he’s still gearing up for his return to the field. He told USA Today Sports,
“My desire to play football is still there. I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.”
He said of his protests and activist work through organizations like Know Your Rights Camps.
“I learned early on that in fighting against systematic oppression, dehumanization and colonization, who controls the narrative shapes the reality of how the world views society. It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”
He also said that he’ll give more answers in his upcoming book.
“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting. Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight. So I think there’s a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out.”
While the mood of the culture is often unpredictable, Colin Kaepernick also joked that he “hopes” it becomes a best-seller.
An audio version of his book will also be available via Amazon’s Audible.
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