Colin Kaepernick Lands Million-Dollar Book Deal

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara Calif

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara Calif

According to PageSix, Kaepernick has reportedly inked a $1 million book deal with Random House's One World imprint, which is headed by editor Chris Jackson and publishes Between The World and Me author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Despite not actually playing in the NFL anymore, he still plays a critical part in the league's politics.

It was reported in March that Kaepernick planned on standing for the national anthem this season.

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

An NFL spokesman said the league is looking forward to Colin Kaepernick's involvement in the next round of talks between players and owners about social activism.

Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Kaepernick, 29, has been unemployed this season despite injuries at other teams that have created job openings. Many other players joined him in the protest, which has spread to other sports and other countries.

Kaepernick's campaign began previous year, but reached a fever pitch when President Trump weighed in recently on Twitter.

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The NFL weighed the fervor of players protesting about racism during a regularly scheduled autumn meeting in New York City last week that was attended by team owners, players and their union's leaders.

Ever since the 49ers and Kaepernick went separate directions, players - both current and former - have stood beside the quarterback.

Kaepernick's decision to stay mostly out of the public eye recently may be due to some high-profile missteps he took while in the limelight, like when he said he didn't vote in the presidential election because he didn't want to support a system of oppression, or when he wore a Fidel Castro shirt and praised Cuba's literacy rates.

Lockhart acknowledged on Wednesday that the ongoing protests around the league have impacted the NFL's image.

Perhaps making Kaepernick's presence more awkward is his grievance against the National Football League, which accuses both the NFL's executive branch and its owners of colluding to keep him from signing with a team.

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.

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