Kaepernick’s Harvard remarks will be on the record, after all

Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
Colin Kaepernick in 2016.(Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s remarks at a Harvard University ceremony Thursday will be on the record after all, according to the school.

Earlier this week, a Harvard spokesman said Kaepernick had requested that his remarks at the ceremony honoring recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal be off the record.

However, on Wednesday, a Harvard spokesman said in an e-mail that Kaepernick’s remarks “may be considered ON the record. However, due to current ongoing litigation of Mr. Kaepernick, no press photography or video livestream will be allowed of his remarks.”

Kaepernick will be among eight medal recipients. The medal is Harvard’s “highest honor in the field of African and African American studies,” according to the school’s website, and is awarded to people in “recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.”


The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Harvard’s Memorial Hall.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality, racial inequality, and social injustice. The gesture touched off a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago.

Kaepernick is not currently signed to an NFL team. He’s argued that NFL owners have colluded to keep him off a roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.