Kaepernick tells CBS he'll stand during national anthem

Hope Soto
October 9, 2017

The 29-year-old quarterback spurred national controversy last year during a preseason game for the 49ers by kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" in protest of the treatment of blacks in the US.

La Canfora said Kaepernick was pleased with the impact of his 2016 protest.

As to the key question of whether Kaepernick will continue to kneel during the national anthem, La Canfora said this: "He's not planning on kneeling".

Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand for the national anthem if he were signed to an NFL team, according to CBS's Jason La Canfora. "He's planning on standing for the anthem if given the opportunity", La Canfora said on video.

Speaking on Sunday evening, CBS's Jason La Canfora confirmed that Kaepernick is desperate to return to any team that will have him. He's just looking for an opportunity.

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Prior reports have indicated that Kaepernick will stand for the anthem in 2017, but circumstances have changed significantly since then.

The bottom line is that despite not playing in the NFL this season, Kaepernick's protests have influenced a number of players and teams as the movement amplified after President Donald Trump blasted those in the league who took a knee. When, by summer, the former 49er was still jobless, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained it had nothing to do with his refusal to stand for the national anthem.

That story spread like wildfire and was picked up by outlets far and wide - including yours truly - before La Canfora had a chance to clarify that he hadn't actually discussed Kaepernick's stance on the issue in their conversation.

"It did spark conversation, which I think is a part of what Colin Kaepernick meant to do", Goodell said in June.

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