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Charles RobinsonNFL columnist Yahoo Sports Charles RobinsonNFL columnist Yahoo Sports
Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2017, 00:35

During the segment, anchor James Brown turned to the anthem debate: "And kneeling, he said?"

While the controversy surrounding Pence's departure ensued, reports that Colin Kaepernick, the football player who spearheaded the movement, would sacrifice his beliefs by standing for the anthem for another shot in the NFL started circulating.

"He's not planning on kneeling".

Many news outlets that published La Canfora's initial statement, including the Associated Press, later issued corrections.

Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, posted her own message, which read: "The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false". Moreover, he has said all proceeds from his jersey sales would be donated to charity.

But less than a day later, on Sunday, the CBS columnist walked his report back in a series of tweets, saying he in fact did not discuss the topic with Kaepernick, and was referring to an ESPN report from March that said he'd stand for the anthem.

For his part, Kaepernick tweeted a quote from Winston Churchill, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on".

Some teams, including the Denver Broncos, have announced that they will be requiring players to stand for the national anthem going forward, while others have chosen to allow their players to express their political opinions on the field.

"Colin would have to address any future demonstrations", Mr La Canfora said in one tweet.

It turns out that La Canfora had never spoken to Kaepernick directly about his thoughts on standing or kneeling during the anthem. He told the media he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.

The president told the crowd at the rally on September 22 that teams should fire players who kneel during the anthem.