He may not be able to throw in the NFL, but he’s about to throw his truth to the masses! Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has plans to release a memoir and do it through his new publishing company, according to USA Today.
In a partnership with Audible, Kaepernick is writing a memoir to be released this year through his newly formed company, Kaepernick Publishing. The book will help fill in the gaps from his banishment from the league and offer insight on the motivation and methods for and behind his activism. He has also been engaged behind the scenes in self-empowerment efforts for black and brown people through his Know Your Rights Camps.
Kaepernick Publishing was founded to create opportunities for Black and Brown writers, authors, and creators to control their narratives and retain ownership. I am excited to announce the multi-project collaboration between myself, @KaepernickPub & @audible_com pic.twitter.com/ymwqXurTro
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) February 13, 2020
“I learned early on that in fighting against systematic oppression, dehumanization and colonization, who controls the narrative shapes the reality of how the world views society,” Kaepernick said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports. “It controls who’s loved, who’s hated, who’s degraded and who’s celebrated.”
“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting,” he said. “Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight. So I think there’s a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out.”
Audible released a statement via Twitter about the upcoming release:
Proud to announce our multi-project deal with Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) and @KaepernickPub, including the Only from Audible version of his upcoming memoir. We’re thrilled to be including his voice in our collection of diverse and powerful stories. https://t.co/TOBCCP7eOS
— Audible (@audible_com) February 13, 2020
He tells USA Today that part of his motivation for creating the publishing company is to create opportunities for black and brown writers, authors and creators to control their narratives and retain ownership.
“It’s not just my control over stories,” Kaepernick said. “We wanted to be able to put the power back into the hands of the people that are telling the stories and the people that are writing the stories and creating them. We didn’t want to monopolize that and hold that to ourselves. It’s something that should be distributed to the people who are putting in the work to be able to tell their stories and tell them in a genuine and authentic way.”