CBS reporter backtracks claim that Colin Kaepernick would stand for national anthem

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Colin Kaepernick - the NFL star whose "kneeling" protests against the racial injustice sparked a nationwide controversy - has denied a claim he would stand for the national anthem if he were to return to the American football league.

Once a quarterback that led the 49ers to an NFC title and a Super Bowl XLVII berth, Kaepernick was benched in 2016 for Blaine Gabbert after accruing a 1-10 record and 55.2 QBR under center.

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem".

The CBS reporter adds that Kaepernick's sole focus is on "being a quarterback", and has been spending much of his time this season training in a gym and working with youth in Harlem.

While all this is in line with other recent reporting about Kaepernick, La Canfora appeared to break some news towards the end of the segment.

During his televised report on The NFL Today, when La Confora was asked by anchor James Brown, "And kneeling, he said?" He's going to donate all his jersey sales and he's planning on standing for the anthem, if given the opportunity.

However, after reports exploded quoting the CBS account, La Canfora took to Twitter to reveal that he had not spoken to Kaepernick about the question. Kaepernick was not worked out and the Titans reportedly did not have interest in him. The AP issued a correction after La Canfora tweeted about the segment.

For his part, Kaepernick tweeted a quote from Winston Churchill, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on".

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a game after several San Francisco 49ers players kneeled during the anthem. He told the media he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.

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