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Colin Kaepernick is unemployed. Trump said that's because of his tweets.


During a campaign-style rally late Monday, President Trump took credit for controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's free agency. 

"There was an article today that was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick him (Colin Kaepernick) up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," Trump said in Kentucky. "Can you believe that?" 

Trump said he acknowledged the people of Kentucky "actually stand for the American flag."

Colin Kaepernick is unemployed. Trump said that's because of his tweets.

WATCH | Here's a clip from that speech.

[Teams] think there might be protest or Trump will tweet about the team.
Anonymous NFL general manager

Trump appeared to be referencing a Bleacher Report article from Friday, where an anonymous general manager said some teams thought Kaepernick was a capable player, but didn't want to sign him due to off-field baggage. 

Bleacher Report's source also said some teams doubted Kaepernick's skills, and still others "genuinely hate him" for his national anthem protests.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at NFL games last season to protest police brutality. Many other players followed suit, while others harshly criticized what they saw as disrespect.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month. In 2012, he led the team to a narrow Super Bowl lost, but his performance took a turn for the worse in subsequent seasons.

Trump's comments were met with some harsh resistance on Twitter.

Some pointed to Kaepernick's recent charitable efforts.

Some Trump supporters celebrated Kaepernick's free agency.

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