President Trump's input on National Football League protesting

Kaepernick started the trend of kneeling for the anthem a year ago when he played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in a protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

The Former San Francisco 49ers QB inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, according to a report from Page Six.

Free agent Kaepernick, who has remained unemployed since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March, filed a grievance against the National Football League two weeks ago over alleged collusion to keep him unsigned.

It was reported in March that Kaepernick planned on standing for the national anthem this season.

Kaepernick was invited to a meeting last week between players and owners by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins to discuss the protests during the national anthem, but did not attend.

Those meetings are scheduled for next Tuesday in NY.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem before games during the 2016 season.

Two sources told Yahoo Sports that Kaepernick's attendance has been pursued by multiple players who believe he is an important voice in their efforts, which have sought to have larger league involvement in a platform promoting racial equality and judicial reform.

Kaepernick's campaign began previous year, but reached a fever pitch when President Trump weighed in recently on Twitter.

The reasons teams have given for not signing or considering Kaepernick have been mostly mundane and defensible, although Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gave a strangely false response after his starting quarterback was injured Sunday. "We look forward to him joining the conversation", Lockhart said (via the Boston Globe). 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, who filed a grievance against the NFL owners on October 15, alleging they colluded to keep him out of the league, did not attend that meeting.

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.