Reporter clarifies after saying Colin Kaepernick would stand for anthem if signed by NFL club
Former 49ers QB began a protest movement by kneeling last season
A CBS reporter has clarified his televised report saying quarterback Colin Kaepernick told him he would stand during the national anthem if he played in the NFL again, saying he didn't discuss the issue with the player when they spoke.
Jason La Canfora said in a series of tweets on Sunday that he was relaying previous reporting about Kaepernick and did not ask whether the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback would sit or stand during the anthem.
Wanted to clarify one thing regarding <a href="https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kaepernick7</a>. When I was asked about his whether or not he would sit or stand for anthem ...—@JasonLaCanfora
Standing for Anthem wasn't something that I spoke to Colin about sat. I relayed what had been reported about him standing in the future...—@JasonLaCanfora
Reports about <a href="https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kaepernick7</a> standing for anthem had not been refuted. However, I cant say if they are true or not. Colin and I didn't discuss—@JasonLaCanfora
Colin would have to address any future demonstrations. I didn't ask him if he would sit or stand. Our chat primarily about his will to play—@JasonLaCanfora
I know <a href="https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kaepernick7</a> is fully committed to playing football and helping those in need. What he would do during the Anthem I do not know—@JasonLaCanfora
The reversal came after anchor James Brown asked La Canfora on The NFL Today: "And kneeling, he said?"
La Canfora responded: "He's not planning on kneeling. He's going to donate all his jersey sales and he's planning on standing for the anthem if given the opportunity, J.B."
La Canfora tweeted later that he does not know what Kaepernick would do during the anthem.
Relying on unnamed sources, ESPN reported in March that Kaepernick would stand during the anthem if he played again. But Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about what he would do.
Kaepernick seemingly responded to the controversial report with a tweet Sunday afternoon. He was also retweeting others who were slamming the reporter over the misinformation.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.<br><br>Winston S. Churchill—@Kaepernick7