The in-limbo quarterback announced on Thursday what's next on his plate: He's launching a new publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing, and will be releasing his own memoir through it, the New York Times reports.
"I've had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting", Kaepernick said to USA Today's Jarrett Bell.More news: Winter Weather Advisory issued for 3 to 5 inches of snow
Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality and racial inequality had imminent consequences, as he was effectively blackballed from the NFL for leading awareness with his protest during the national anthem. Why wasn't it earlier in my career? A recent workout in front of National Football League scouts has not led to any formal job offers, but Kaepernick told USA Today he is still keen to make a return to the playing field. "So I not only wanted to give insight into what led me to protest through my memoir, I wanted to make sure I was able to retain the ownership over my story in the process". "I still train five days a week. So I think there's a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out".
The QB, who led the 49ers to appearances in the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013, faced criticism from some of his peers and politicians, including from Donald Trump in the lead-up to his presidential election in 2016, for "not respecting" the American flag or the country's veterans.More news: Mysterious Radio Signal From Space Is Repeating Every 16 Days
The deal will let Audible exclusively release the audio version of the book - described as "part political awakening and part memoir" - that Kaepernick will publish this year through his own company, Kaepernick Publishing.
In an interview with NFL Media later, Kaepernick explained why he made a decision to kneel during the performance. I'm still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. When he was not offered a tryout by any of the 32 franchises, Kaepernick sued the owners for colluding to keep him out of the league, before reaching a settlement with the NFL in February 2019. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way".More news: Google accidentally posts Android 11 dev preview page, then takes it down