CBS Reporter Sparks Uproar By Mistakenly Claiming Kaepernick Wouldn't Kneel




CBS Reporter Sparks Uproar By Mistakenly Claiming Kaepernick Wouldn't Kneel
CBS Reporter Sparks Uproar By Mistakenly Claiming Kaepernick Wouldn't Kneel  

CBS sports reporter Jason La Canfora sparked outrage on Sunday when he falsely reported that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem if signed to a team.

Last year Colin Kaepernick, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, knelt during the national anthem at a game and created a controversy that has yet to blow over. The act of "taking a knee" was originally intended by Kaepernick to silently protest the systematic racial injustices in the United States, but critics claimed that the act was a disrespect of the American flag and military.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the season, and has curiously remained an unsigned free agent. Most believe that his controversial protests are the reason that teams refuse to sign the quarterback.

La Confora was originally reporting on Kaepernick's desire to work with NFL teams to get back in the game when he made an erroneous claim about whether or not the quarterback would continue to protest.

″He's not planning on kneeling," La Canfora said on "The NFL Today" on Sunday. "He's going to donate all his jersey sales and he's planning on standing for the anthem if given the opportunity, J.B."

The Associated Press also reported the claims, based on La Confora's supposed interview, and spread the news even further. Nessa Diab, Kaepernick's girlfriend, tweeted a correction to the piece, calling the report completely false.

"The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone," Diab wrote on Twitter.

Fans of the quarterback on social media were deeply angered by the mistake, calling the report a lie. After tremendous Twitter backlash, La Confora issued a clarification to his statements on air.

"Wanted to clarify one thing regarding @Kaepernick7," La Confora tweeted. "When I was asked about his [sic] whether or not he would sit or stand for anthem, 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."

ESPN did report, using unnamed sources, that Kaepernick would stand in the 2017 season back in March. However, those claims were never confirmed and La Confora supposedly sat with Kaepernick for hours before Sunday's segment on the quarterback's future.

Kaepernick seemed to respond to the claims using a fake Winston Churchill quote on Twitter.

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on, Winston S. Churchill," Kapernick tweeted Sunday.

It's unclear whether Kaepernick intended to misquote the former prime minister of the United Kingdom to further his point or whether it was a mistake.

COMMENTS

More Related News

NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside
NFL meeting kicks off in New York as protesters kneel outside
  • US
  • 2017-10-17 20:00:27Z

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger as their two-day autumn meeting began on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. Trump's repeated denunciation of the players as unpatriotic for kneeling during the national anthem, which he reiterated as recently as Monday, has only made the practice more widespread. Outside the Manhattan luxury hotel where team owners, players and their union's leaders met, about two dozen people showed their backing for the protesting athletes, kneeling on the sidewalk while holding placards that read...

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries
NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players
  • US
  • 2017-10-16 21:51:31Z

Trump has continued to rail at the symbolic kneeling, which has only become more widespread since his first comments last month, saying as recently as Monday that players who do so should be suspended for insulting the country. "And the NFL should suspended some of these players for one game," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

Louisiana sheriff calls for boycott of Ford over NFL national anthem protests
Louisiana sheriff calls for boycott of Ford over NFL national anthem protests

A Louisiana sheriff pledges to boycott Ford vehicles over the automaker's response to NFL players protesting the national anthem.

Some NFL Players Continue Anthem Protests, Despite Growing Opposition From Owners
Some NFL Players Continue Anthem Protests, Despite Growing Opposition From Owners

Several NFL players knelt during the national anthem on Sunday, continuing a protest against police brutality and racism that has encountered increasing resistance from team owners.

With Aaron Rodgers out, Packers should consider adding you-know-who
With Aaron Rodgers out, Packers should consider adding you-know-who

The Packers officially have gotten bad news regarding quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his broken collarbone. If he'll miss the rest of the season (and the team says that he could), the Packers should consider adding a quarterback who has bedeviled them in the past. Colin Kaepernick has both run and thrown the ball effectively in the past against the Packers.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.