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Colin Kaepernick’s workouts with Seahawks postponed amid renewed kneeling controversy
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Things aren’t going well for Colin Kaepernick.
The unsigned quarterback’s planned tryout with the Seahawks blew up in his face this week, and some are saying it’s thanks to the controversy he started in the NFL. The Seahawks postponed Kaepernick’s workouts with the team after the former 49ers quarterback refused to guarantee he’d stop kneeling.
Kaepernick has been a free agent since 2016. He did not play at all in 2017.
Kaepernick tryout hits snag over kneeling
The Seahawks had reportedly gotten in touch with Kaepernick two weeks ago to set up a time for him to visit and work out with the team, but those plans went awry over the player-turned-activist’s kneeling protests. The Seahawks postponed the workouts, planned for this week, when Kaepernick told them he could not guarantee he would not kneel during the national anthem next season.
A source told ESPN that the Seahawks are still considering Kaepernick, but the source said the Seahawks wanted the assurance that Kaepernick wouldn’t kneel, which he declined to give. Kaepernick visited with the Seahawks during offseason last year, but they signed Austin Davis instead.
“He’s a starter in the league,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last June. “We have a starter. But he’s a starter in the league and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”
After setting off a firestorm in the NFL over his kneeling protest, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 to become a free agent, but he has struggled to be signed since, and has accused the league of conspiring against him for racist reasons. He is in the middle of a lawsuit against the NFL over alleged collusion.
There’s a good chance that teams don’t want to attract needless controversy by signing Kaepernick — but the NFL network suggested that the postponement had nothing to do with Kaepernick’s protests.
“Seahawks brass, John Schneider and Pete Carroll, want Colin Kaepernick to consider how he wants to proceed on everything (not just anthem) and get together at a later date when his plans are formed,” Ian Rapoport, National Insider for the NFL Network, tweeted. “Clearly, Seattle has accepted players speaking out for what they believe.”
But it’s likely that the NFL is reluctant to work with Kaepernick after he blew the industry up with the 2016 kneeling protests. A former teammate of Kaepernick who is also a free agent, safety Eric Reid, visited the Bengals this week, but that visit went south after he also said he could not guarantee he would decline to kneel.
He still has not been offered a contract.
Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned here for these NFL players: don’t disrespect our troops, or you could find yourself without a job.
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