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Colin Kaepernick has signed a book deal worth just over a million dollars with Random House imprint One World, according to a report from the New York Post‘s Page Six. One World is led by publisher Chris Jackson, who’s also published Jay-Z and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Kaepernick hasn’t said much of anything since the previous NFL season. Even on Twitter, he’s used famous quotes to respond to rumors or reports about himself. TMZ once caught him standing outside a gym with his girlfriend and radio personality Nessa. Kaepernick declined to comment on any of the questions the paparazzi threw his way. In his first post-game interview he was asked why he sat down during the national anthem, Kaepernick said that he recognized the stance he took could lose him endorsement deals and another spot on an NFL roster. Today, the top-30 quarterback still finds himself without even a third-string spot in the league and he has since filed a collusion charge against the NFL for being blacklisted.

With the lack of public appearances from Kaepernick, there are a lot of questions the former NFL quarterback plans to answer in his debut book.

At what particular moment did he start to study Black history more in-depth?

Some individuals have said that Kaepernick’s curiosity of Black history began in college, after living the life of a Black boy in an adoptive White family. Kaepernick crossed as a Kappa in an attempt to get more in touch with his Black roots. Some have said that dating Nessa really changed his perspective on life, specifically Black issues.

How does he feel now after actually being blacklisted?

Although he said he knew that losing his job as a quarterback in the NFL was a possibility last year, actually going through it can be an experience that’s totally different. Was it a happy time for him? Was it a sad time for him? Why?

How is he received in public?

Kaepernick’s jersey sales soared last season after his protest became public and his jersey today remains a profound political statement. However, many feel his protest was distasteful and disrespectful to the country. Not one of the 32 owners in the NFL have signed him.

Did he think his protest would reach the president’s rally speech a year after he started?

Kaepernick was a well-known player around the league before his protest, but now he’s become the talk of the entire country. Did he foresee this big of a reaction?

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal.