Fact Check

Did Colin Kaepernick 'Beg' to Rejoin Team and Vow to Never Kneel Again?

Apparently it doesn't matter which team, just as long as one takes him back.

Published Nov. 1, 2023

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Colin Kaepernick begged to be taken back by the NFL and vowed to never kneel for the national anthem again if he was.

On Sept. 7, 2023, SpaceXMania published an article positing that Colin Kaepernick was begging to rejoin an NFL team, vowing that he would never kneel during the national anthem again. The article began:

Colin Kaepernick Begs to Rejoin the Team, Vows Never to Kneel During the National Anthem Again

In a shocking turn of events, former NFL quarterback and now renowned civil rights activist, Colin Kaepernick, has made a desperate plea to be added back to an NFL team. And guess what? He’s vowed never to kneel during the national anthem again! That’s right, folks. It seems the man who once stood (or rather, knelt) as a symbol of resistance against racial injustice is now willing to stand tall… but only if he gets to play ball.

The article goes on to quote Kaepernick, with "tears streaming down his face," taking to the podium, saying: “I’ve had a change of heart ... I promise, if any team takes me back, I’ll stand during the national anthem. Heck, I’ll even sing along if that’s what it takes!”

This never happened; the described event was not a factual recount. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being satirical in nature, as follows:

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SpaceXMania's Facebook account, SpaceX Lovers, posted the story, which earned 10,000 likes and more than 6,000 comments.

Kaepernick has been the subject of countless false stories concerning his political activism, ties to the NFL and Nike, and even whether his adopted parents consider him to be Black.

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Colin Kaepernick Begs to Rejoin the Team, Vows Never to Kneel During the National Anthem Again. 7 Sept. 2023, https://spacexmania.com/colin-kaepernick-begs-to-rejoin-the-team-vows-never-to-kneel-during-the-national-anthem-again/.

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Taija PerryCook is a Seattle-based journalist who previously worked for the PNW news site Crosscut and the Jordan Times in Amman.