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Update: 3:30 p.m.: Colin Kaepernick has released a statement.

Update, 3:10 p.m.: Sports columnist Howard Bryant has further called into question the AP/CBS reports with this series of tweets:

The Associated Press has also issued a correction.

Update, 2:45 p.m.: Colin Kaepernick’s recent Twitter activity is calling into question whether or not he said that he would stand for the anthem.


For example, he has retweeted these from Charlamagne Tha God, radio host Nessa and another account calling this “fake news.”

While Kaepernick has stuck to retweeting rather than releasing a clarifying statement, it should be noted that ESPN’s top football reporter Adam Schefter reported as far back as March that Kaepernick would stand for the anthem this NFL season.

The dispute here is whether Kaepernick actually said what CBS and the Associated Press made public earlier Sunday.

Original story:

Colin Kaepernick, the source of national anthem protests that infamously drew President Donald Trump’s ire in that “get that son of a bitch off the field” remark,” has reportedly told CBS that he will stand for the national anthem again — if he gets a job again in the NFL.

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The news, which is at the time of this writing only available in bite-sized form, is: “Kaepernick tells CBS he’ll stand during national anthem if given chance to play football in NFL again,” reportedly from the Associated Press, via TIME reporter Zeke Miller’s Twitter.

The reporter who got a major scoop, Jason La Canfora, supplied more details on Twitter.

One other thing of note is this:

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.

Kaepernick said his agent is talking to all 32 teams, and he’s hopeful a team will give him an opportunity for a tryout. He said the Tennessee Titans knew he wanted to work out for them last week, but he was not among four quarterbacks invited for an audition. The Titans signed Brandon Weeden.

There were already rumblings about Kaepernick standing for the anthem this the NFL offseason.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Matt Naham About the author:
Matt Naham is the Weekend Editor  for Rare. Follow him on Twitter @matt_naham.
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