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Reporter says Colin Kaepernick will stand for national anthem — but there's way more to the story

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Reports about Colin Kaepernick swirled on Sunday that indicated the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback told CBS's Jason La Canfora that he would stand for the playing of the national anthem if he were signed to an NFL team.

However, there has been much murkiness surrounding the report, and much confusion has been caused.

How did it all start?

The Associated Press's Twitter account on Sunday tweeted, "BREAKING: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick tells CBS he'll stand during national anthem if given chance to play football in NFL again."

The AP's tweet was based on La Canfora's Sunday's discussion with ESPN's James Brown, where La Canfora — who interviewed Kaepernick on Saturday — said, "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."

What was the response?

Shortly after the AP shared its tweet, Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, issued a statement on Twitter condemning the CBS report.

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

She and Kaepernick also retweeted an update from a journalist who apparently spoke to Kaepernick.

The tweet read, "Just got a message from @Kaepernick7, who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an NFL team."

What was La Canfora's explanation?

La Canfora took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to clarify the report he had given about Kaepernick.

The CBS reporter said that he did not discuss the issue with Kaepernick, and in fact, does not know whether Kaepernick would stand during the national anthem if signed.

On Twitter, La Canfora wrote, "Wanted to clarify one thing regarding @Kaepernick7. When I was asked about his 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."

"Reports about @Kaepernick7 standing for anthem had not been refuted. However, I cant say if they are true or not. Colin and I didn't discuss," he added.

"Colin would have to address any future demonstrations. I didn't ask him if he would sit or stand. Our chat primarily about his will to play," La Canfora continued.

He concluded, "I know @Kaepernick7 is fully committed to playing football and helping those in need. What he would do during the Anthem I do not know."

What did Kaepernick say about all of this?

Kaepernick later tweeted a quote by Winston Churchill.

Kaepernick wrote, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

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