Kaepernick expected to attend players' meeting with owners on social issues

"We look forward to him joining the conversation", Lockhart said (via the Boston Globe).

Kaepernick was perhaps the most prominent not at those meetings, which included 49ers safety Eric Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick's protest in August 2016.

He did not attend a meeting on October 17, despite receiving an invitation from Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. The league did not formally invite Kaepernick, who began the movement to raise awareness for the mistreatment of minorities by police officers and racial inequality by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem last season.

The gesture prompted an angry response from President Trump who said players should be fired for not standing during the Star-Spangled Banner. The league later said it's up to the players to decide who will attend to represent them per the Washington Post.

Kaepernick signed a $1 million book deal on Tuesday with Random House imprint One World, according to Page Six reporter Ian Mohr.

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.


The two sides issued a joint statement after that first meeting: "The NFL and NFLPA met today to discuss the important issue of social activism by NFL players".

Kaepernick was reportedly taking meetings with publishers in New York City this week amid his struggles to get signed by an National Football League team.

Ever since the 49ers and Kaepernick went separate directions, players - both current and former - have stood beside the quarterback.

There was backlash among the league due to Kaepernick's absence in the past. The NFL now says they expect Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting.

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


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