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One apparel company would 'definitely' sponsor Kaepernick if he returns to the NFL

Taking a knee: How Colin Kaepernick started an NFL movement

It all started with sitting down during the anthem, which no one noticed at first. Here's how quarterback Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest turned into a pivotal movement for the NFL and its players.
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It all started with sitting down during the anthem, which no one noticed at first. Here's how quarterback Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest turned into a pivotal movement for the NFL and its players.

Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in an NFL game in more than a year.

If the former 49ers quarterback is signed to a roster for the 2018-19 season, he has a company that wants to sponsor him.

"If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him," Mark King, president of Adidas' North America division, told The Arizona Republic on Friday.

However, there's no solid evidence of any team willing to sign San Francisco's 2011 second-round pick. According to ESPN, the Seahawks were recently interested in Kaepernick coming in for a workout, but shied away when it wasn't clear whether he would continue his national anthem protests.

In the interview with King, he said Adidas isn't trying to capitalize on "this noise or interest that he had generated," but is all for Kaepernick's position.

“We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place,” King said, adding that “we’re not in the business of activism, we’re in the business of sport. But allowing our athletes to tell their story, it’s really important to us.”

Kaepernick's last NFL game was on Jan. 1, 2017, when the 49ers lost to the Seahawks in the 2016-17 regular-season finale. He and the team parted ways in March 2017.

Despite not being employed in the NFL, he's still throwing in case a team calls.

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