Colin Kaepernick, who popularized the controversial gesture of kneeling during the US national anthem, will likely be invited to a meeting with the NFL to discuss social issues and protests, the league said on Wednesday.
Despite the outcry, it was decided that there would be no punishment for players who choose to take part in the peaceful protests by kneeling or sitting during the national anthem at games.
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 got national attention last season when he chose to kneel during the national anthem before games.
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NFL ratings this season are down 7.5 percent through the first six games compared to past year, a decline some polls attribute to player protests during the national anthem. Many other players joined him in the protest, which has spread to other sports and other countries.
The players' union and its members decide who attends such gatherings; the league and players met last week in NY in the wake of backlash concerning player demonstrations during the national anthem. The news comes one day after Mohr reported that Kaepernick was meeting with publishers.
Kaepernick's campaign began past year, but reached a fever pitch when President Trump weighed in recently on Twitter. That ultimately appeared to have been orchestrated by Trump, who said he asked Pence to walk out in the event that protests occurred during the anthem.
Kaepernick's grievance would provide a fascinating backdrop if he winds up attending the meeting.
After almost eight months without an National Football League job, Colin Kaepernick will now find himself sitting across from the team owners he has accused of blackballing him. "We look forward to him joining the conversation".