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889 days later, Colin Kaepernick still waiting on NFL return

The former San Francisco 49ers star quarterback tweeted a video of himself working out.

Colin Kaepernick pictured in 2016.
Colin Kaepernick pictured in 2016.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

COLIN KAEPERNICK, whose kneeling protest during the US national anthem before NFL games became a national issue, reminded league owners and coaches on Wednesday that he’s waiting for a chance to return.

The former San Francisco 49ers star quarterback tweeted a video of himself working out in a gym lifting weights with a counter noting he has not been in the NFL for 889 days since opting out of his contract for free agency in March 2017.

“5 am 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready,” Kaepernick tweeted.

His move comes as teams are conducting pre-season training camps ahead of next month’s start to the 2019 campaign, all of them testing talent at quarterback and other positions.

In 2016, Kaepernick began a kneeling protest during the US anthem as a way to protest US police brutality and racial injustice.

In September 2017, the wider protest movement that he had sparked became a target of criticism by US President Donald Trump, calling a player who kneeled a “son of a bitch” and saying all who kneeled should be fired for insulting the nation and its military.

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In October 2017, Kaeprnick and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid filed grievances against the NFL saying there was collusion against him that denied him a contract.

Both grievances were settled six months ago with the Wall Street Journal reportin Reid and Kaepernick received less than $10 million in the settlement.

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