A statement released regarding the current employment of former NFL player Colin Kaepernik, who was quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2016, was released just a couple of days ago and is making the rounds through the Twitter-sphere.
Kaepernik was the subject of a large debate in 2016 when he decided to begin sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem as a way to protest police brutality. Following the season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract and became a free agent; however, he went unsigned, and in 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, claiming that everyone involved was colluding to keep him out of the league. He withdrew this grievance in February of 2019.
The press release states that even after filing the grievance, Kaepernick is allowed to play, listing that player Eric Reid filed the same grievance and is employed by an NFL team. Kaepernick wants to play and has reached out to all 32 NFL teams, but nobody has signed him or worked him out. The representatives who released the statement detail Kaepernick's dedication by claiming he still works out five days a week, every week, for the past three years in preparation to play again, and that the former-player does fit into most teams' "system." He also has not requested a certain salary upfront.
They end this statement with a layout of Kaepernick's statistics from his time in the NFL. His management says they've never seen anything like this before and wanted to put an end to the untrue rumors that have been circulating.
You can read this statement in full here: https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1182395272141430784?s=20
Colin Kaepernick watches Naomi Osaka play at the US Open on Aug. 29, 2019Kena Betancur/Getty Images