A CBS reporter is walking back some comments he made about Colin Kaepernick, correcting a prior report where he said Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem.
Appearing on The NFL Today, Jason La Canfora, an NFL reporter for CBS, was asked whether Kaepernick would stop kneeling during the anthem if he made it back into the NFL. According to KRON 4, La Canfora told James Brown, "He’s not planning on kneeling. He’s going to donate all his jersey sales and he’s planning on standing for the anthem if given the opportunity, J.B."
La Canfora posted his retraction in a pair of tweets, where he revealed that he hadn't actually spoken with Kaepernick about his demonstrations.
Wanted to clarify one thing regarding @Kaepernick7. When I was asked about his whether or not he would sit or stand for anthem ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 8, 2017
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...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 8, 2017
Though La Canfora did meet with Kaepernick, his girlfriend, and his trainer on Saturday, they never spoke about whether Kaepernick would continue with his on-field demonstrations against police brutality, i.e., the kneeling. They did speak about his commitment to becoming a better quarterback, though, so there's that. CBS didn't air any direct quotes from Kaepernick at the time, either.
Kaepernick had a pretty great response to the initial report and took a shot at how quickly it spread.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 8, 2017
Winston S. Churchill
Of course, KRON 4 goes to the trouble of pointing out that there are scholars who say that this quote is misattributed, but then again... maybe that's the joke?