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Colin Kaepernick makes a key investment in the BIG3 league, compared

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As Colin Kaepernick continues to push for a return to the NFL, he’s lending his aid to another league that needs his services.

Kaepernick reportedly invested in Ice Cub’s BIG3 league, a 3-on-3 basketball competition. The organization was about to shut down when Kaepernick decided to help, according to Shams Charania of Athleticism.

Kaepernick, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, practiced for the Raiders in May at the team’s facility. He last played for the 49ers and was eventually released at the end of the 2016 season. He was never signed by a team in free agency after making waves in the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.

The BIG3 was founded by rapper and actor Ice Cube along with former entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017. The league includes many former NBA players, some who continued their playing careers and others as coaches.

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Kaepernick believed he had never been signed by an NFL team because of his peaceful protests and the political attention his kneeling had drawn. He filed a grievance with the NFL in 2017, accusing the league owners of colluding for the blackballer, and he eventually reached a confidential settlement with the league.

Since then, the 34-year-old has remained politically active and has consistently stated that he still wants to play in the NFL. During an interview in October 2021, and several times since, Kaepernick said he was still training so he could one day lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl.

During an appearance on the I AM AN ATHLETE podcast in April, Kaepernick said he would be open to returning to the NFL as a backup quarterback.

“I know I have to find my way back. So if I have to come in as backup, that’s fine,” he said in April.

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