Colin Kaepernick 'signs $1mn book deal'

Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football players are shown some standing an some kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London

The NFL protests' hidden lesson: Don't let your brand get hijacked by politics

NFL vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said on the league's weekly conference call that Kaepernick has been invited to the meeting next week in NY, but was uncertain whether the free-agent signal-caller would be attending.

It would not be untrue to call Colin Kaepernick the most divisive figure in modern day sports. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the 32 National Football League owners on October 15, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the National Football League this season.

Kaepernick was joined by a number of NFL players spurring a national conversation about political activism by athletes. If these players and coaches' goal is to gain a lot of attention, then they have been undoubtedly successful.

The first meeting took place on October 17, where it was expected that owners would come away with a new rule to require players to stand for the national anthem. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem to show his solidarity for Kaepernick's protest. "There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder".

He did not attend a meeting on October 17, despite receiving an invitation from Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

The kneel protest had waned until a month ago when US President Donald Trump said any player who kneeled during the anthem should be fired and any player who did was "a son of a bitch".

"We're proud of our country".

Continued the now-Good Morning America host, "It's kind of like, 'Look over here and we're gonna make it really what it isn't.' It's about racial inequality, it's not about the flag, it's not about disrespecting soldiers".

While Kaepernick has remained jobless since opting out of his contract with San Francisco in March, the 29-year-old did sign a book deal with Random House imprint One World worth more than $1m, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.

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