Colin Kaepernick, girlfriend Nessa Diab announce birth of first child

Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab
Colin Kaepernick and longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab announced the birth of their first child on Sunday. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) (Frazer Harrison via Getty Images)

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now officially a father.

Kaepernick and his longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab announced the birth of their first child on Sunday afternoon on social media.

“I thought long and hard about sharing our life changing news today. I decided to do so because today is the first day in a few weeks where I stepped out for work with a new life title - MOM!” wrote Diab, who is an MTV host and covered the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

“Colin and I welcomed our amazing baby to the world a few weeks ago and we are over the moon with our growing family … Colin is the most amazing dad and I’m soooo grateful that he is by our side for every moment of this journey.”

Diab and Kaepernick, who reportedly started dating in 2015, said they welcomed their child “a few weeks ago” and promised to share more information soon.

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Kaepernick is still a free agent, and hasn’t played since he was essentially blackballed from the NFL after he started protesting during the national anthem during the 2016 season. He had a nearly five-hour workout with the Las Vegas Raiders in May. While that workout reportedly went well and Kaepernick is apparently still in “great” shape, he still is not on an NFL roster heading into the season.