Colin Kaepernick revealed this week that he still longs to return to the NFL but is working on a memoir in the meantime.
Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and social justice activist, said he has already started writing his master work. He said the process has caused him to reflect on his legacy and to think deep thoughts.
“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting,” he told USA Today in an interview published Thursday. “Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight. So I think there’s a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out.”
According to Kaepernick, he is also launching a publishing house to release his memoir. He said his goal is seize control of “the narrative.”
“I learned early on that in fighting against systematic oppression, dehumanization and colonization, who controls the narrative shapes the reality of how the world views society,” he said. “It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”
Kaepernick Publishing won’t only be about Kapernick, but rather will tell the stories of “people of color,” he said.
“It’s not just my control over stories,” he said. “We wanted to be able to put the power back into the hands of the people that are telling the stories and the people that are writing the stories and creating them. We didn’t want to monopolize that and hold that to ourselves. It’s something that should be distributed to the people who are putting in the work to be able to tell their stories and tell them in a genuine and authentic way.”
Colin Kaepernick says he’s just writing his new memoir until the NFL calls
Despite his disastrous attempt at an NFL comeback in November, Kaepernick, 32, told USA Today he still trains every day in case the league calls.
“My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick 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.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in December that the “league has moved on” from Kaepernick.
On Saturday, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told NPR’s “All Things Considered” that the reincarnated football league considered signing Kaepernick a year ago. But Luck said talks fell though because the quarterback made “exorbitant” salary demands.
Kaepernick Publishing will release Kaepernick’s memoir sometime this year in partnership with Audible, an Amazon subsidiary, USA Today reported.
(Field Level Media contributed to this report.)
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