I can’t believe we are still giving media attention to loser-extraordinaire Colin Kaepernick but that’s what is happening. The NFL just never learns. They decided to placate Kaepernick and organize a private workout for the famed anthem-kneeler on Saturday, and invited every team in the league to attend. Guess what? Kaepernick changed the rules at the last minute and was a no-show. Suckers.
The session would have allowed Kaepernick an on-field workout and an interview, which would both be taped and made available to all teams. Moreover, the workout was set up to provide teams anonymity, so if they watched Kaepernick and didn’t want him, they wouldn’t catch flack. This was done to encourage more teams to attend the event, thus helping the quarterback secure a position. But that was not good enough for Kaepernick so he plotted his revenge. Sheesh.
Kaepernick canceled the event at the last minute. He did so only half an hour before the session was supposed to begin, apparently because he wasn’t allowed to bring his own camera crew. This was all about media attention once again. Not securing a spot on a coveted team.
“The workout was originally set for 3 p.m. and was to be held at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch,” CBS News reported. “At 2:30, representatives for the free-agent quarterback informed the league that Kaepernick would instead be conducting the workout at 4 p.m. at Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia.” After that switcheroo, only eight of the 25 teams slated to attend did so. I’m surprised that many attended. What a waste of time for political correctness. Teams in attendance were: Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, and the San Francisco 49ers.
Kap is wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt before his workout for NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/BZrWbdJiQd
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) November 16, 2019
Kaepernick attended his own workout in a “Kunta Kinte” t-shirt, comparing himself to the defiant slave from the movie “Roots.” The film showcases an iconic scene wherein Kunta Kinte is whipped by his master for refusing to acknowledge his slave name, Toby. Kaepernick is no slave, that’s ridiculous. He’s a spoiled, racist, cop-hating millionaire. But he does deserve a whipping after this stunt.
From The Daily Wire:
“A statement from Kaepernick’s agent and lawyer released before the workout blamed a liability wavier and the NFL denying the quarterback the opportunity to bring his own camera crew to the workout for their decision to ditch the event with such little notice.
“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” the statement read, according to CBS Sports. “Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.”
Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving pic.twitter.com/QlH2RTnLp5
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 16, 2019
“Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request,” the statement continued. “Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”
“According to the NFL, the waiver Kaepernick threw a fit over was a “standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players.”
“Moreover, Kaepernick, the NFL claimed, did not inform them of his request to have his own personal camera crew attend the event until Friday night. “We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media,” the statement said.
Kaepernick thanks scouts from Washington, New York Jets and Kansas City and says: “When you go back, tell your owners to stop being scared.” pic.twitter.com/UMLSrIcn09
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 16, 2019
“Kaepernick began protesting during the national anthem while playing for the San Francisco 49ers “because America ‘oppresses’ minorities and allows its cops to ‘murder’ innocent people of color.”
“People of color have been targeted by police,” the athlete said in 2016, as reported by The Daily Wire. “So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist.”
“Kaepernick also wore socks at practice in 2016 that depicted police officers as pigs.
“I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust,” Kaepernick wrote in defending the “pig cops” socks on Instagram.”
Powerful statement from Colin Kaepernick after his workout.
"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on. We weren't getting that elsewhere so we came out here." pic.twitter.com/1ZJl5rSQ6z
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 16, 2019
So, naturally, Kaepernick did the liberal thing and blamed the NFL instead of taking responsibility yet again. Figures.
Speaking to the press, Kaepernick blamed the NFL and their “lack of transparency” for his scuttling the tryout: “I appreciate y’all coming out. That means a lot to me. Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on,” said Kaepernick, according to The Hill. “We weren’t getting that elsewhere so we came out here. It’s important that y’all are here.”
“Y’all have been attacked for the last three years. Y’all continue to be attacked,” he said. “We appreciate what y’all do. We appreciate you being here today, and we appreciate the work that you do for the people in telling the truth. That’s what we want with everything”
A look at Colin Kaepernick throwing deep passes at his workout today. pic.twitter.com/qnDbObj37T
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2019
“I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years,” the former quarterback continued. “We all know why I came out here today and showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide, so we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. To stop running from the truth. To stop running from the people. We’re out here. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to go anywhere.”
“I’ll interview with any team at any time. I’ve been ready. I’m staying ready, and I’ll continue to be ready,” concluded the athlete. “… We’ll continue to give you updates as we hear. We’ll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams. We’ll let you know if we hear from them. Ball’s in their court, we’ll let you know.”
Before workout for NFL teams, Colin Kaepernick seen sporting a “Kunta Kinte,” shirt.
— LORENZO HALL (@LorenzoHall) November 16, 2019
Cry me a freaking river already. Can we just be done with this guy? He’s the proverbial ‘Lucy’ of the NFL. The NFL made a mistake in bending over for this guy… I hope they finally learn from it.
Here’s the full statement from the NFL:
“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public.
“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. It is important to note the following:
I’ve heard from various club reps at every level this week. None felt the Kaepernick workout was being handled in a common-sensical manner. The lack of planning and attention to detail created what multiple scouts called a “mess” today in Atlanta.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) November 16, 2019
“As stated above, more than three-fourths of NFL clubs were present for today’s workout.
“The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin’s representatives. We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview. Yesterday, when Colin’s representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request. In addition, Coach Hue Jackson discussed with Colin’s agent what drills would be run at the workout so that Colin would know what would be expected of him.
“Last night, when Nike, with Colin’s approval, requested to shoot an ad featuring Colin and mentioning all the NFL teams present at the workout, we agreed to the request.
Kaepernick made a big deal about doing a workout for NFL teams. The NFL set it up for him and 25 teams agreed to attend. At the last minute he insisted on having his own film crew. Because he didnt get his way, he pulled out. This guy doesn't want to play. He just wants attention
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 16, 2019
“On Wednesday, we sent Colin’s representatives a standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players. At noon today, Colin’s representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.
“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.
“We agreed to have Colin’s representatives on the field while the workout was being conducted and to allow them to see how it was being recorded. We did so even though we have been clear from the beginning that this is private workout. As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was prepared to shoot and distribute video of the interview and workout. We confirmed with Colin’s representatives that they would receive both the video that would be sent to all 32 clubs as well as the raw footage from the entire event, which is unprecedented.”
Colin Kaepernick works out at a high school in Riverdale, GA in front of media and at least a handful of NFL personnel : https://t.co/XpNK9aMSG9
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 16, 2019
I’m so done with this clown. And most of America is too… Nike can have him. There’s no way anyone is dumb enough to sign him after this.