If anyone was worried about the financial well-being of former NFL athlete Colin Kaepernick, their concerns have been put to rest. Kaepernick has lined up a new project for himself that will not only help him promote his “activism,” but also grow his bank account as well.
According to Page Six, Colin Kaepernick, who started the NFL national anthem protests that have plagued the league until recently, just signed a book deal with Random House Imprint One that’s worth over $1 million.
It turns out that Kaepernick had previously taken meetings with various publishers in the New York area. However, it remains unclear what the book will be about. Many people speculate it will most likely pertain to his national anthem protests and his alleged activism, as well as the subsequent drama that unfolded.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback rose to infamy when he first knelt before the American national anthem to protest racial inequality. The movement grew in size and scope until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was moved to send a memo to the teams of the league, telling them to stop their behavior.
Since then, the former quarterback has been relegated to free agency, having not been signed by another team.
Although many teams and athletes have complied with the order, Kaepernick has remained consistent in his position, even going so far as to file a collusion grievance against the owners of the NFL last week. He claims that the league “entered into an enforced, implied and/or express agreements to specifically deprive” him of employment, and further suggested that President Trump coerced the league in that manner, according to The New York Post.
He further added that the NFL retaliated against his stance, which he insists pertained to his “advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States,” and that “NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”
Although some national anthem protests have continued in Kaepernick’s absence, they have done so mainly in spite of the NFL’s official statements regarding the matter. President Trump repeatedly called the demonstrations “disrespectful” and added that the league showed “no leadership” as players continued their protests, according to NewsMax.
“Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the national anthem, showing total disrespect to our flag & country. No leadership in NFL!” President Trump tweeted.
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman and former rival to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback recently said that Kaepernick’s receiving a job as a player needs to be the first starting point in any discussions concerning social progress between players and the league.
Colin Kaepernick just signed a book deal. Does he deserve a book deal after starting the NFL protests?
Considering the financial troubles that the NFL is facing, primarily due to the recent national anthem protests–which are resulting in fans disassociating themselves from the league and its associated networks, such a decision seems unlikely to happen.
Representatives for Kaepernick have refused to respond to inquiries on both his advocacy and his book deal. Knowing his politics, it’s likely that the book will be largely anti-Trump and will push more football fans away from the league. It’s unsurprising that no team owner wants to sign the former-quarterback.