Pro-football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, desperate to get back into the NFL, is undergoing grueling daily workouts to stay in shape in the hopes he lands with a team, CBS reported Sunday.
Commentator Jason La Canfora of “The NFL Today” said he spoke with Kaepernick on Saturday night.
While La Canfora also seemed to suggest that Kaepernick definitely planned to stop up kneeling during the national anthem — backing up a report from the spring — the commentator later rushed to clarify his statements. Kaepernick stirred national controversy by kneeling when he played with the San Franscisco 49ers. He said the move was to protest police brutality. Scores of other players recently began kneeling, too, to protest President Trump’s comments about the NFL, among other things.
“Standing for the Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about sat. I relayed what had been reported about him standing in the future…” La Canfora tweeted.
“Reports about @Kaepernick7 standing for anthem had not been refuted. However, I cant say if they are true or not. Colin and I didn’t discuss,” he added.
Now a free agent, Kaepernick had said this past spring that he would stand if he got a chance to play again, sources told ESPN at the time.
La Canfora said during Sunday’s broadcast, “He’s not planning on kneeling. He’s going to donate all his jersey sales. He’s planning on standing for the anthem– if given the opportunity.”
La Canfora said Kaepernick, who has been out of work since 2016, is so eager to get back in the pro game, he’s been getting up at 4 a.m. every day to throw “a hundred passes a day” during practice in New Jersey.
“He’s just looking for an opportunity,” said La Canfora. “He understands that there’s controversy and things that come with him but as a football player, he’s hoping to be judged in that manner.”
Kaepernick told La Canfora that he hasn’t spoken publicly about the kneeling controversy because he doesn’t want it to be a “distraction.”
Kaepernick is considered one of the best quarterbacks out there – but NFL experts have suggested he’s been blackballed by the league over his controversial stance.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) October 8, 2017