Colin Kaepernick to join players, National Football League owners in next round of talks

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While Kaepernick has remained jobless since opting out of his contract with San Francisco in March, the 29-year-old did sign a book deal with Random House imprint One World worth more than $1m, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.

- Colin Kaepernick has signed a deal.

On Wednesday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said he expects Kaepernick to once again be invited by the players, though he doesn't know if Kaepernick would attend the meeting. Trump's Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after players from the opposing team, the 49ers, kneeled during the national anthem.

NFL owners have said they would like players to refrain from protests during the national anthem on game day, although it now appears that Jones is the last owner in favor of establishing hardened rules barring it. This NFL season, other players and teams have continued to protest, which has been a major source of controversy for the league.

"We look forward to him joining the conversation", Lockhart said on the league's weekly conference call. Kaepernick's lawyer, however, has said that the National Football League did not reached out with an invitation to last week's meeting in New York City.

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The gesture prompted an angry response from President Trump who said players should be fired for not standing during the Star-Spangled Banner. The quarterback launched a movement a year ago when he began taking a knee during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at NFL football games to protest the systemic oppression of people of color in the United States, with a particular emphasis on police brutality.

Kaepernick's grievance would provide a fascinating backdrop if he winds up attending the meeting.

While it's unclear how the league could allow Kaepernick back into the NFL while he has a collusion case filed against them.

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.

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