Kaepernick Lands Book Deal Worth More Than $1 Million

Colin Kaepernick while playing with the San Francisco 49ers / Getty Images
October 24, 2017

Colin Kaepernick is out of the NFL, but he has just inked a $1 million book deal in the wake of the protest movement he began last year by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

The quarterback got the agreement worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, according to Page Six. Kaepernick began his national anthem protest last year, saying, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

One World has also published books by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jay-Z.

Since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season, Kaepernick has not been signed by any NFL teams, even as a backup, in spite of his years of starting experience that included a trip to the Super Bowl.

He recently filed a grievance against the league, alleging team owners are colluding to keep him from playing because of the protests. Some other players have since mimicked Kaepernick's protest and did not stand for the national anthem, and President Donald Trump blasted them and Kaepernick as being disrespectful to the flag and recommended owners fire them from their teams.

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a game between the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 8 when some players didn't stand for the national anthem.