UPDATE: Colin Kaepernick has reportedly signed a book deal with Random House imprint One World worth over $1 million, according to a new report from Page Six. One World has also published books from the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jay-Z.
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Colin Kaepernick is thinking about publishing a book.
According to a report from Page Six, Kaepernick has been “taking meetings with publishers in the New York offices of WME,” where he is represented by agent Carlos Fleming. However, no other information is known surrounding the potential book deal.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback recently filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion. In a report from Pro Football Talk, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the owners for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement,” Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio said. “Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion. Under Article 17, Section 16(c) of the CBA, termination can arise from only one incident of collusion involving only one player if there is clear and convincing evidence of a violation.”
However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied there has been any blackballing of the quarterback. Back in June Goodell said the following to ESPN.com’s Alden Gonzalez: “I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.”
As Sports Illustrated has pointed out Kaepernick faces a number of challenges through his collusion claim, with the athlete needing evidence of collusion in order to have a successful case.
“Kaepernick needs more than mere supposition or belief that he has been victimized by a conspiracy,” writes Sports Illustrated reporter Michael McCann. “Perhaps he has an email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness. Maybe his agents, Jeffrey Nalley and Sean Kiernan, are in possession of such evidence. Regardless, the evidence must clearly show that two or more teams, or the NFL and a team or teams, conspired to deny Kaepernick of an opportunity to play in the NFL.”