Colin Kaepernick breaks silence, writes book, wants to play in NFL

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Colin Kaepernick hasn’t said much throughout his de facto banishment from the NFL for protesting police brutality and racial injustice.

Now, he has more to say, including a stated desire to play football again.

Kaepernick talked to Jarrett Bell of USA Today about the launch of his memoir, and Kaepernick said that he hopes his venture into publishing doesn’t preclude him from playing again.

My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said. “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.”

Of course, no one really expects that, as the league’s bad faith effort at a workout last year underscored the lengths people would go to to not employ him.

As for the book, it will be released through his own new company Kaepernick Publishing.

“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,” Kaepernick said. “It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”

The 32-year-old Kaepernick’s book should help fill in some of the blanks regarding his decision-making and motivations behind his activism (which continues through his Know Your Rights program).

“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting,” he said. “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.”

Kaepernick has also struck a multi-project deal with Amazon’s Audible, for audio versions of the book and other projects.

95 responses to “Colin Kaepernick breaks silence, writes book, wants to play in NFL

  1. Given the choice of having stories about this clown and AB I think I’d rather have stories about AB. At least he’s entertaining.

  2. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

    This guy is done. With all of the other quarterbacks on the move and the influx of new talent every year, why would a team take a chance on a guy that doesn’t want to prove he has anything left by playing in the CFL or XFL?

  3. Wow the NFL sets up a workout. Puts his name back out there sparking more interest and having the media writing about him again. Then he whined about how the NFL wants to run their workout they set up for him so he moves it so he can continue to play by his own rules. I fail to see how the NFL is trying at great lengths to keep him out of the league. I guess ignorance truly is bliss.

  4. That’s great.. but NOBODY cares anymore.
    Please just go away, you are never taking a snap in an NFL game again. I have a better chance then you do.

  5. If he wanted to play in the NFL, he would have done the following:
    – Keep a low profile
    – Play in the CFL, Spring League, AAF, XFL, and any other league that would have him
    – Play at a high level in a minor league

    How many of the above has he fulfilled?

  6. There’s something we’ve all been wanting to say to Kaepernick. I’m trying to remember what it is. Oh yeah…BUH-BYE.

  7. “My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said.

    Let me make that quote more accurate, “My desire to appear like I want to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said.

  8. Bad faith workout? No, Kapernick trying to use the opportunity to film a commercial was bad faith.

    What? Someone signs him and he decides the OC and HC? KC went to his workout and when Henne went down, they still woudln’t call Kap. He’s done, defenses figured out his limitations and would destroy him.

    I do wish someone really bad would sign him, we could all watch him fail miserably, and then the Kap talk would end.

  9. I don’t believe he wants to play football. He is getting paid crazy $$$ to tell his story and I believe thatch all he really wants despite his claim he still wants to play… of course hes going to say that

  10. “I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation.” Can you imagine interviewing for a job and saying this? Wonder why you don’t get hired? He really doesn’t want to play. He just wants to make money and is using his “cause” as his selling point. Want to know why he made his decisions? Pay $25 for his book to find out. What a joke.

  11. When will this guy go away ? There is a reason he is out of league. It’s not the reason he wants you to believe. Go to the XFL Colin if your even good enough for that.

  12. So yeah, this makes perfect sense. Sue your employer, get 2 mil., set up a stupid practice that was a farce. Write a book and talk about how oppressed you are and have mike host every stop of your book tour, okie dokie.

  13. The leagues bad faith workout? what about kaep’s bad faith by moving to a new venue away from where any teams were just so cameras could be there. he only furthered the story that employing him would be a clown show.

  14. “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,” Kaepernick said. “It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”

    For a guy that wants a job in the NFL, philosopher Kap sure has some wacked things to say which will not endear him to his prospective boss. Keep playing that victim card Kap, keep going. Hopefully when you’re 40 it will all stop…

  15. Think about this, he threw away millions and now hopes that the few who agree with him, the so called “oppressed”, will buy his book and give him money.

  16. trophylessvikings says:
    February 13, 2020 at 9:14 am
    The leagues bad faith workout? what about kaep’s bad faith by moving to a new venue away from where any teams were just so cameras could be there. he only furthered the story that employing him would be a clown show.

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    “Just so” cameras could be there? Cameras being their is the most important part when there’s speculation about him being blackballed by the league. Without cameras, teams could just lie and saying he didn’t look good, where he can provide tangible evidence if cameras are available…

  17. If he really wanted to play then he’d make it known he is open to a cheap one-year “prove it” type deal and THAT would get him back into the league, imo. But nobody who hasn’t been on a field since 2016 is going to get a gigantic guaranteed contract. At this point it’s like the janitor who never finished high school complaining that he keeps getting passed over for the CEO job.

  18. Please tell me that I’m not the ONLY one who does not believe for ONE SECOND that he really wants to play.
    He’s had SEVERAL opportunities and has turned them all into publicity stunts instead.

    If he just swallowed his pride and put away the “I’m a culture hero” bit for a moment he’d be on a roster right now. And (maybe) playing.

  19. Headline: Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL

    Follow up question: Will he actually take steps to make that happen or just state his desire again and do nothing??

  20. Book sales will certainly demonstrate how interested folks are to know more about his thinking and may help to improve his standing overall. I will not get the book, but wish him well.

  21. “Just so” cameras could be there? Cameras being their is the most important part when there’s speculation about him being blackballed by the league. Without cameras, teams could just lie and saying he didn’t look good, where he can provide tangible evidence if cameras are available…

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    Even with his cameras, teams could say that because the only ones saying anything negative would be anonymous quotes anyway.

    But moreover you are basically defining bad faith. Kaepernick assumed the league was trying to screw him so tried to change the workout to something that would not get him signed but would make the league look bad. Ergo he wasn’t trying to get signed.

    If you assume there is potential that a team may hire you, taking the league’s workout is easily the best option. If you assume there is not that potential, then whatever you do is just about making the league look bad. But the problem with that is if your assumption was wrong, you still make the league look bad but you also turn off ANY potential interest.

  22. Colin, I’m sure that after reading all the nice things you have to say in your book about NFL owners, they will rush to welcome you back.

  23. Kaepernick is a con man. He knows as long as “he wants to play in the NFL”, people will still care and he can still get headlines. If he wanted to play in the NFL, why did he blow the workout last year?

  24. He was 3-16 in his last 2 seasons. 11-24 in his last 3 before HE OPTED OUT of his contract. He had on good year and thinks the NFL owes him a job on his terms.

  25. I used to be a supporter and fan. But that all changed when he sold out, took the settlement and proved this was never about change. He could have dragged the NFL through court, made all their “collusion” emails public. Didn’t do it. Took the 10 mil or whatever he was offered to go away. Pathetic.

  26. XFL commissioner luck said the league approached kaep’s reps about playing and his salary demands were exorbitant and not possible. If he wanted to play why not play the short XFL season and shred those defenses? Instead he demands $20 million a year knowing he won’t get it.

    But he’s gonna finally say why he started kneeling in husband book! So finally he will admit he was caught pouting after loosing the starters job to Gabbert!! Then his reps came up with the nonsense story so he didn’t look like a baby in a contract year.
    There I just saved you the $50 he will want for his book.

  27. Next time don’t pout and sit on your brains on the bench during the national anthem. You might find people like you a bit more. Also helps to not demean the rest of the world like you are better than them. Class/Etiquette 101 type stuff.

  28. Mike The Commie says:
    February 13, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    Colin, I’m sure that after reading all the nice things you have to say in your book about NFL owners, they will rush to welcome you back.

    \\\\\

    Exactly.

    Guys like Watson, Jackson, and Mahomes are probably just sellouts in his mind.

  29. nevyn49 says:
    February 13, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Even with his cameras, teams could say that because the only ones saying anything negative would be anonymous quotes anyway.

    But moreover you are basically defining bad faith. Kaepernick assumed the league was trying to screw him so tried to change the workout to something that would not get him signed but would make the league look bad. Ergo he wasn’t trying to get signed.

    If you assume there is potential that a team may hire you, taking the league’s workout is easily the best option. If you assume there is not that potential, then whatever you do is just about making the league look bad. But the problem with that is if your assumption was wrong, you still make the league look bad but you also turn off ANY potential interest.

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    Bad faith is the entire argument he is trying to make, and is a basic trait of his legal situations relating to the NFL. Did you read about the non-standard liability waiver they tried to make him sign? No media allowed? The NFL refusing to move it to a different day? 75% of NFL teams were scheduled to be represented at it. The TEAMS have “interest” in Kaepernick, but the NFL definitely seems to make questionable choices when it comes to him in particular.

    His whole thing since the beginning was about trying to get transparency out of the NFL. They said no, so he moved to somewhere where there could be. He wants EVERYONE to see that he can still play, which is why HE wants cameras there filming everything; wants media there filming. The idea that him moving the workout to a different spot simply for publicity because he doesn’t actually want to play, is kind of silly, and ignorant of circumstances that led up to the whole thing.

  30. “Of course, no one really expects that, as the league’s bad faith effort at a workout last year underscored the lengths people would go to to not employ him.”

    If I remember correctly the league had set up a fairly extravagant workout for him. Something they have never done for any other out of work player. And it was to be reasonably attended. It was Kaepernick who changed the site and the rules at the last minute. So don’t try to tell me that everyone is against him. If he really wanted to play, he would have attended the workout as agreed.

  31. If he really wanted to play in the NFL then why on God’s green earth would he wear a Kunta Kinte shirt at the workout? Well, at least one of receivers there singed an NFL contract. Please go away. This is of your own making, take ownership dude.

  32. Breaks silence? Silence?!?!?!?! The guy can’t stop talking and that is part of the problem. He doesn’t like the establishment but wants to play for it…then bashes it and cannot understand why they are “running away from him.” AB thinks you’re delusional man.

  33. This is why you don’t pay someone who’s blackmailing you. They just keep coming back for more.

    When he was no longer a qualified starting QB, he sued the league due to the lack of offers and miraculously got paid off. Now he apparently still feels ENTITLED to a starting NFL QB job, despite not playing for at least 3 years. And when he finds out that the NFL still doesn’t want him, you don’t think there will be another demand for compensation? Scam.

  34. chawk12thman says:
    February 13, 2020 at 11:39 am
    Book sales will certainly demonstrate how interested folks are to know more about his thinking and may help to improve his standing

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    “Book sales” will be as useless as his jersey sales! Those of a political slant and don’t know the difference between a football and a baseball, will be happy to support his “causes”!

  35. So he writes a book to show that he is working hard to get back to the NFL? Try showing that you want to play not just write about it. Who does he think he’s fooling…just go away already you are irrelevant now.

  36. Some people just don’t know when they are not wanted. Let’s NEVER forget. He was the one who walked on $12.5 million and a job when he didn’t pick up the Player Option for another year on his contract with the 49ers. (people seem to overlook that for some reason).

  37. minnesotamuggs says:
    February 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    75% of NFL teams were scheduled to be represented at it. The TEAMS have “interest” in Kaepernick

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    I think a more accurate way to put that is that teams were interested in finding out whether there was still positive potential there without the toxicity. I think the complete lack of activity since then indicates they learned what they needed to learn.

  38. Sorry Kap – The only “bad faith workout” was yours.
    You refused the “good faith” one the NFL put together for you.

    If you were really interested in playing in the NFL, you’d be putting the work in by playing in a “lower league”. You haven’t. Instead, that energy has gone to activism. There’s nothing wrong with being an activist, but don’t pretend that being an NFL player is still your objective.

  39. I supported my mans stance. But that time has long since passed. Time for you to go the way of the dodo bird.

  40. minnesotamuggs says:

    “’Just so’ cameras could be there? Cameras being their is the most important part when there’s speculation about him being blackballed by the league. Without cameras, teams could just lie and saying he didn’t look good, where he can provide tangible evidence if cameras are available…”

    The NFL was going to have cameras there, so tangible evidence would be available.

    The cameras Kaep wanted weren’t his cameras for documentation. The cameras Kaep wanted were Nike’s cameras. Would they have been there for documentation/tangible evidence purpose? NO!

  41. It’s time for Colin to end the madness. The fact remains it’s not against the law to not stand for anthem. He accepted a settlement and was afforded a tryout that wasn’t to his liking. He has effectively took a sledgehammer to his career and any future attempts at coming back to the NFL.

  42. i say let him play for league minimum and prove he can be “that quarterback”. But he will still be as bad as he was when he was bench for Gabbard. However this time he will blame the league keeping him out as to why he will be terrible….on second thought, keep writing books and pretending to be oppressed.

  43. If Colin REALLY wanted to stick it to the NFL and prove his case, he’d sign with the XFL and dominate there, showing everyone how far head and shoulders above the rest of the talent he is and proving to the critics that he IS being blackballed.

    He’s already rich, it wouldn’t matter if the XFL could only pay him peanuts, he’d be playing for a different reason.

    But he won’t do that. Because he doesn’t actually want to play.

  44. The guy dont wanna play football he’s had several chances and chose not too and rejected contracts..hes a liar and looking for attention and its everyone else’s fault

  45. LOL. He’s got the virtue signaling talking points down pat. Colonization? Anyone who knows one iota of history knows that the US was literally founded by defeating colonization. What ignorant nonsense.

  46. He’s got the virtue signaling talking points down pat. Colonization? Anyone who knows one iota of history knows that the US was literally founded by defeating colonization. What ignorant nonsense.

  47. “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,” Kaepernick said. “It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”

    Says the guy who is gladly accepting money from Nike – maybe check in with some of the Asian community overseas on how your chosen corporation treats their workers before trying to shout at us from your pedestal.

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