[Updated] Colin Kaepernick Did NOT Say He Would Stand for the National Anthem If Given the Chance to Play in the NFL Again

According to reports, Colin Kaepernick told a CBS reporter that he would stand for the national anthem if he were signed to an NFL team.

via AP:

According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season. 

Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers and other social injustices. The protests spread this season after the former San Francisco 49ers starter opted out of his contract and was unable to sign on with another team.

The issue has grown as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently said he was racially profiled by Las Vegas police during a confrontation, and President Donald Trump aggressively chastised players and team owners for protests during the anthem.

According to CBS, La Canfora sat down with Kaepernick, his girlfriend and his trainer on Saturday night. It was not described as an interview, as La Canfora paraphrased Kaepernick’s comments.

La Canfora said his “primary takeaway” was that Kaepernick’s sole focus is on being a quarterback. Kaepernick does on-field work and throws hundreds of passes for several hours a day at an undisclosed location in New Jersey. He also trains in a gym and spends part of his days working with youth in Harlem

Upon further reflection, Jason La Canfora clarifies that Colin didn’t explicitly say he would stand for the anthem — that’s just what he gathered from their conversation.

Update: Colin has dismissed the report on Twitter, calling them ‘unethical’ via re-tweet.

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