Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly signed a $1 million book deal.
According to ProFootball Talk, Kaepernick, who is currently out of a job in the NFL, has signed a book deal with Random House. Although the deal has not been officially confirmed, it is reported the athlete will receive $1 million from the publishing company.
Kaepernick made headlines when he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. A number of other NFL players joined the quarterback either by kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem.
President Donald Trump then criticized NFL players who protested during the anthem, calling them “son[s] of b***hes,” which prompted an even larger number of NFL players to follow Kaepernick’s lead by protesting during the national anthem.
Kaepernick is not currently playing in the NFL and instead is focusing his time on working with the Know Your Rights campaign, which according to its website, is “a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.” The program’s goal is “to help build a stronger generation of people that will create the change that is much needed in this world.”
Kaepernick has donated about $1 million to a number of social justice organizations since 2016, according to Sports Illustrated.
ESPN reported that Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion, working with high-profile attorney Mark Geragos.
The grievance stated that the NFL has “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality for social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
Kaepernick filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives,” his attorney said in a statement.
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Geragos said. “Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.”
Sources: ProFootballTalk, Sports Illustrated, Know Your Rights Camp, ESPN / Featured Image: Mike Morbeck/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via ESPN, Know Your Rights Camp