Colin Kaepernick, who popularized the controversial gesture of kneeling during the US national anthem, will likely be invited to a meeting with the NFL to discuss social issues and protests, the league said on Wednesday.
Kaepernick was joined by a number of NFL players spurring a national conversation about political activism by athletes. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Manhattan.
Kaepernick has been invited by the NFL players to the next league meeting and will attend, per Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson. Trump's Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after players from the opposing team, the 49ers, kneeled during the national anthem. Several teams have had to justify not pursuing Kaepernick, who threw for 16 touchdowns and ran for two more last season against four interceptions, while signing other clearly inferior options. "There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder".
President Donald Trump stirred the pot last month during a rally in Alabama, calling for owners to cut ties with players who kneel for the anthem. Kaepernick kneeled to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.
Free agent Kaepernick, who has remained unemployed since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March, filed a grievance against the National Football League two weeks ago over alleged collusion to keep him unsigned.
That meeting included 13 current or former players, plus 11 owners and representatives from the league and the NFL Players Association. The league continues to believe that anthem protests are damaging the NFL's bottom line, and that has led to the owners reaching out to find a solution with players.
"We're proud of our country".
"That was one of the things, they thought they were going to put a mandate in that you have to stand up and that you weren't allowed to kneel", he said.