CBS clarifies after saying Colin Kaepernick would stand for anthem

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Kaepernick reportedly said he has remained silent about his desire to play to avoid causing a distraction.

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick on Sunday appeared to dispute a report that he would stand during the national anthem if he was signed to an NFL team.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became a pariah in certain quarters last season after kneeling before matches during the national anthem.

An interesting report about Colin Kaepernick from CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora on Sunday's "The NFL Today": Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem if an NFL team signs him this season. He also claimed that the quarteback will stop kneeling during the anthem in his bid to fully focus on football. He's going to donate all his jersey sales and he's planning on standing for the anthem, if given the opportunity.

He then said in another tweet that what Kaepernick "would do during the Anthem I do not know". "I didn't ask him if he would sit or stand".

Many news outlets that published La Canfora's initial statement, including the Associated Press, later issued corrections. All Kaepernick needs to do to make these folks happy is to stop existing, though even that might not be enough. Kaepernick retweeted that statement, as well as a number of other tweets that point out La Canfora's error (including one that bemoans our "era of "Fake News" reporting").

Minutes after Diab's post, Kaepernick obliquely chimed in on the erroneous report as well: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on".

The president told the crowd at the rally on September 22 that teams should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

Kaepernick said at the time that he was protesting the treatment of black Americans, particularly by the police.

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