Kaepernick, who kneeled during the National Anthem while quarterback for the 49ers a year ago to protest racial injustice and police brutality, spoke with CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Saturday about his future as he remains unsigned by a team. After "hours" of intense drills and exercises in New Jersey, Kaepernick goes "uptown to Harlem [to work] with kids in the community". Kaepernick's agent has reportedly been reaching out to all 32 teams to note his availability.
After La Canfora backed off his earlier report, Kaepernick tweeted: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on", attributing the quote to Winston Churchill even though some scholars have said the quote was not said by the former British prime minister.
The reversal came after anchor James Brown asked La Canfora on "The NFL Today": "And kneeling, he said?" "He's planning on standing for the anthem, if given the opportunity".
La Canfora attempted to clarifiy the situation via his own Twitter account. In March, sources claimed Kaepernick would be willing to stop kneeling for the upcoming football season.
Kaepernick's protest against racial prejudice ignited a national debate fanned by President Donald Trump, who said last month that NFL owners should fire any player protesting by kneeling during the anthem.
"Colin would have to address any future demonstrations", Mr La Canfora said in one tweet.
Giving La Canfora the benefit of the doubt, it seems as if he made an honest mistake during a rushed television interview and didn't adequately couch his statements.
However, La Canfora later noted that he did not discuss the possibility of standing during the anthem during his conversation with the quarterback.
The dust-up even caught the attention of Kaepernick himself.