"Steve Bisciotti said, 'I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football'". And protests have exploded across the National Football League, driven largely by critical September commentary from President Trump.
While there have been opportunities for Kaepernick to catch on with teams who have run into unexpected quarterback issues, other options who at times have been less qualified have been chosen over him.
Kaepernick, who kneeled during the National Anthem while quarterback for the 49ers a year ago to protest racial injustice and police brutality, spoke with CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Saturday about his future as he remains unsigned by a team.
"Colin would have to address any future demonstrations", La Canfora tweeted Sunday afternoon. President Donald Trump suggested in September that the NFL begin firing football players who refuse to stand. Trump's comments set off a wave of protests from football players who began taking knees or sitting in the locker room while the song played. The protests continued into the following week, but were smaller in scale.
How could La Canfora spend a "few hours" with Kaepernick and not have the question of whether he'll stand or kneel for the anthem come up at all?
"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed", the quarterback said. He opted out of his 49ers contract after the season, although he was informed he would have been cut regardless.
"Standing for Anthem wasn't something that I spoke to Colin about Saturday". It wasn't an interview, per se; as one source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT, it was a chance meeting involving Kaepernick, La Canfora, and a mutual friend.