Colin Kaepernick to discuss 'what got me to the point of protesting' in new memoir

Brendan Morrow
The Week

Colin Kaepernick has a memoir on the way, and he plans to delve into the question, "Why did I do it?"

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started a movement in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism announced Thursday he's releasing a memoir through his new publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing, The New York Times reports.

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"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. Kaepernick Publishing described the book as "part political awakening and part memoir." The Washington Post reports Kaepernick has been shopping a book going back to 2017, though the Times notes he's "said very little" in the past few years since becoming a free agent.

In an interview with USA Today, Kaepernick explained, "I've had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting. 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."

Kaepernick, who settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL last year, also told USA Today, "My desire to play football is still there. ... So I hope I get a call this offseason. I'll be looking forward to it."

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