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Last Saturday the NFL set up a tryout for Colin Kaepernick. Recently, a few teams had shown interest in him but were afraid to bring him in for a workout. In the past, Kaepernick had sued the league, a suit that was eventually settled. Teams feared that if they brought him in for a tryout and did not sign him, he would turn around and call them racists and maybe try to sue again. So, the NFL set up a workout and invited all teams to send representatives. This way they could evaluate the QB without being singled out and possibly face a bad public relations situation.
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016. His play then was not great, but not terrible. Today, he may not be one of the top 32 quarterbacks in America, but he likely is one of the top 64. In other words, he could at least be a back up in the NFL. I believe the most important part of this workout was not going to be his throwing or running, but the interview. His protests, not his play, are why he is out of the league. No doubt some owners would be willing to help with the causes he stands for off the field, but they want to know how he will represent their franchises on the field and in press conferences.
Then came Saturday. Twenty-five teams sent people to watch the workout. A half hour before the scheduled start, Kaepernick pulled out and instead held his own workout at a high school field. He gave excuses including one about a standard NFL injury waiver. When the workout started he wore a Kunte Kinta shirt, which I guess was to compare himself to the slave from the book Roots. That would then make NFL owners the slave masters? The question now is, does he really want to play in the NFL?
I believe that if Kaepernick gave a good interview to the scouts, he would have gotten an NFL contract. Instead he pulled a publicity stunt that shows he is not serious about playing football. ESPN host Stephen A. Smith, a Kaepernick supporter through most of his protests and trials, couldn’t even wait to get back to work and filmed this video from home to show his disgust. I think Mr. Smith is spot on with his analysis.
He doesn't want to play. pic.twitter.com/ZuSI1IVW9r
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019