Colin Kaepernick will release a memoir later this year that details his life and his unemployment from the NFL, the free agent quarterback announced Thursday.
Kaepernick, 32, has been out of the league since 2017. Last year, he settled a grievance against the NFL in which he alleged owners kept him out of the game over his political stances.
In an interview with USA Today, Kaepernick, who was the first player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, said he plans to address why he started protesting.
The quarterback will be releasing his memoir under his own publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing.
“I realized being able to control your narrative and tell your story the way you want to is very important,” Kaepernick said. “The manipulation, the colonization, the distortion of stories, narrative, history, has been done forever.
“This is a way for me to be able to counteract that and begin to decolonize that and centralize the narrative of not only myself but other black and brown writers and authors,” he said.
Kaepernick said he still wants to play in the NFL.
“My desire to play football is still there,” he said. “I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.”
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