CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora first made the statement about Kaepernick standing during the national anthem while appearing on the television network Sunday to discuss an off-camera chat he had with the 29-year-old athlete.
Several media outlets then published reports based from La Canfora’s statement on the live television show in regards to Kaepernick. However, La Canfora walked back his comments on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Wanted to clarify one thing regarding @Kaepernick7. When I was asked about his whether or not he would sit or stand for anthem …
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‘Reports about @Kaepernick7 standing for anthem had not been refuted. However, I cant say if they are true or not. Colin and I didn’t discuss.’
Around 3.30pm ET, Kaepernick tweeted a Winston Churchill quote seemingly in reference to the earlier reports about his protest.
‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston S. Churchill,’ he tweeted.
The athlete also retweeted several tweets that said he did not confirm he would stand during the national anthem if allowed to sign with a team.
In addition, Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about whether he will stand or kneel during the national anthem if he is signed to a team for this season.
Kaepernick first sat and then started kneeling during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers while also trying to call attention to the wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
At the start of his protest, Kaepernick told the NFL Media: ‘I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.
‘To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.’
La Canfora did not publish any audio or video of his time with the athlete, but spoke about it during an appearance on CBS on Sunday and also tweeted about their conversation.
‘Impossible not to notice what kind of shape @Kaepernick7 is in. Working out 6-plus hours a day. Throwing hundreds of passes daily…
‘As much as he is dedicating himself to playing again – and Colin told me he won’t give up on that dream – he never appeared angry…
‘Kaepernick seemed almost serene as we talking about his journey. He was always calm and thoughtful discussing the situation…