Colin Kaepernick Hopes Memoir on NFL Protest 'Will Inspire Others to Rise in Action'

Colin Kaepernick has revealed plans to "tell the story of my evolution" in a memoir that will be released at some stage this year.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback added he hoped the book will encourage others to take a stand against social inequality.

"I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action," Kaepernick said in a statement on Thursday.

The book will be released by Kaepernick Publishing, a publishing company the second-round pick of the 2011 NFL draft founded himself.

Kaepernick has also struck a deal with Audible, an Amazon-owned seller and producer of audiobooks and podcasts.

As part of the deal, Audible will release the audio version of his upcoming memoir, while Kaepernick will also work on a series of projects for the company aimed at raising the profile of black authors and public figures.

"My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning," he continued.

"I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action. [...] I am excited that through this groundbreaking partnership [...] we can elevate black and brown voices who can empower future generations."

The former Nevada alumni rose to prominence in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial discrimination.

He last played in the NFL in the same year, before becoming a free agent. When he was not offered a tryout by any of the 32 franchises, Kaepernick sued the owners for colluding to keep him out of the league, before reaching a settlement with the NFL in February 2019.

In November last year, the NFL took many by surprise when it organized a tryout for the former 49ers quarterback at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility, inviting all 32 franchises to attend.

Kaepernick eventually moved the workout to a high school stadium at the eleventh hour, explaining he had done so to allow media attendance.

The decision didn't go down with the NFL, which said it was left "disappointed" by the decision and insisted it had made "considerable efforts" to accommodate Kaepernick's wishes, with 25 of the 32 franchises present at the Falcons' training facility.

Following the workout, the 32-year-old urged the NFL to "stop running" and earlier this week reiterated his desire to return to professional football.

"My desire to play football is still there," he was quoted as saying by USA Today.

"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."

In December last year, however, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cast doubts over Kaepernick's chances of returning to professional football, suggesting the league had moved on.

"It was about opportunity, a credible opportunity," Goodell said of the November workout, as per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He chose not to take it, and I understand that. The league has moved on."

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Colin Kaepernick looks on during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16 in Riverdale, Georgia. Carmen Mandato/Getty