For the past three years, former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been working out five days a week, hoping he may again receive an opportunity to call plays in the huddle and throw touchdowns for one of the league’s 32 teams. However, the problem is none of those teams seem to be interested in retaining his services.
Today, the controversial-social demonstrator’s representatives released a statement saying they have received “little to know response” in their pursuits to find their client a job, after reaching out to all 32 teams.
The statement released Thursday, was titled Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick. The lengthy document was comprised and released by his agents, Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham.
According to ESPN, “Not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout,” the statement said. “Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. … No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past three seasons, despite other false statements to the media to the contrary”.
Kaepernick last played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He became the subject of a nationwide controversy when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games, in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.
This past February, it was announced that Colin reached a settlement with the NFL, after he sued the league with the help of the NFLPA on the basis of alleged collusion to deny him of a job in the league. Terms of that settlement were not disclosed to the public.
The only reported team to bring him in for a sit down in the past three years was the Seattle Seahawks, who opted to not elect for an on-field workout with the QB. No other team has worked out, or even interviewed the 32-year-old Nevada draftee.
In the statement, agents Windham and Nalley wrote, “The idea he doesn’t fit a team’s system does not mesh with how teams have adjusted their offensive schemes to fit the skill set of their quarterbacks. Colin has the same skill set as many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now.”
It doesn’t appear that Kaepernick will be getting any opportunities any time soon. At the end of the day, it’s very rare that someone is able to sue a company and continue a professional business relationship thereafter, regardless of how talented that individual may be. It’s the same here for the NFL. Standing up for what you believe in is fine by me, to each their own. However, not all of the owner’s of the 32 teams in the league are open minded, and football is synonymous with America.
At the end of the day, it was his right as a citizen to protest in whatever fashion he deemed fit. However, he chose the wrong platform, upset the masses including veterans, and to be honest employing him would be a media circus for those same owners. There’s no doubt in my mind the guy is good enough to play ball, but he is a risk and a liability teams aren’t willing to employ.