Colin Kaepernick posts video saying he's been 'denied work for 889 days' and is 'still ready' to play in the NFL

Colin Kaepernick posts video saying he's been 'denied work for 889 days' and is 'still ready' to play in the NFL

Back in 2016, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines around the world for his method of protest against police brutality.

Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem - choosing to kneel down instead - and this went on to spark an nationwide discussion on systematic racism and the most appropriate way in which to protest against it.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

While many praised the quarterback for drawing attention to the plight that many people of colour in the US face, others criticised his method of protest, claiming it was un-American. Some of these critics even went as far as to say that what he had done was an insult to his country and the veterans who had served it.

In any case, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers after the close of the 2016 season in order to become an unrestricted free agent. He had planned to find other roles within the NFL - but the offers never came.

In February 2019, he reached a settlement with the NFL in the collusion case he brought against them following his protest.

It's now been over two years since his decision to opt out of the contract and the athlete is still waiting for his next opportunity in the NFL.

On Wednesday, in fact, Kaepernick posted a video to Twitter in which he filmed himself working out at the gym:

"5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still ready," were the words he in the caption and repeated in the video itself. The video also revealed that he'd been "denied work for 889 days".

In the last few years, Kaepernick has continued with his activism and promoting important causes. He also became the face of a Nike ad campaign, a campaign which saw "record engagement".