Colin Kaepernick has reportedly agreed to a book deal worth $1 million

The NFL protests' hidden lesson: Don't let your brand get hijacked by politics

26 October, 2017

Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly signed a contract but not with the NFL.

The deal, reportedly worth just over $1 million, is with One World, an imprint of Random House. Trump's Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after players from the opposing team, the 49ers, kneeled during the national anthem.

Kaepernick made headlines a year ago after kneeling during the national anthem before the start of NFL games. Many other players joined him in the protest, which has spread to other sports and other countries.

The league has surrendered to the players so thoroughly, that they must realize the ultimate capitulation for the NFL can't merely amount to Kaepernick attending a meeting.

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The first meeting took place on October 17, where it was expected that owners would come away with a new rule to require players to stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernick began the anthem protests last season when he took a knee to raise awareness against racial injustice and police brutality taking place in America.

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

Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Kaepernick in recently filed grievance claiming collusion by National Football League owners, issued a statement last week indicating that his client did not receive an invitation from "any official from the National Football League or any team executives". The Cardinals (3-4) are one game out of a wild-card spot, but will go forward with Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who lost the starting job last season with the 49ers to Kaepernick and is 9-34 in his career as a starting quarterback. Among other things, that grievance is seeking to dig into private communications of owners and executives over the past year, apparently in hopes of finding a smoking gun that proves teams worked together against him as a form of retribution for his protests during the anthem.

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