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The NFL which has been involved in legal action with Colin Kaepernick, offered him a workout in Atlanta and invited every team in the league to be present to see if they wanted to hire him.
The session would have allowed him to demonstrate his ability and be interviewed, and it would have been taped and made available to the teams.
He cancelled shortly before, allegedly stating issues including that he wasn’t able to bring his own camera crew.
From Daily Wire:
“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 dissing the NFL, Kaepernick, a multimillionaire endorsed by Nike, attended his own workout in a “Kunta Kinte” t-shirt, comparing himself to 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.
Kap is wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt before his workout for NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/BZrWbdJiQd
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) November 16, 2019
Kunta Kinte was ripped from his home, kept as a slave, had his foot chopped off and had his daughter stolen from him.
Kaepernick went free agent, didn’t get an offer and has made millions pitching Nike.
Obviously just like Kunta Kinte.
Kaepernick’s remarks also didn’t sound much like a person applying for a job.
Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving pic.twitter.com/QlH2RTnLp5
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 16, 2019
The NFL responded.
NFL’s response to Colin Kaepernick opting to do his own workout today in Atlanta: pic.twitter.com/uvUZGH7CQ5
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019
And Kaepernick’s antics didn’t go over well.
Colin Kaepernick, who has made tens of millions of dollars playing football, showed up for his NFL workout with a film crew in a Kunta Kinte shirt, equating himself with the slave from Roots. I honestly believe he doesn’t want a job, he wants to remain a victim & woke SJW martyr. pic.twitter.com/sjFpo1NaIw
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 17, 2019
He doesn't want to play. pic.twitter.com/ZuSI1IVW9r
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019
I took the time (as a former player of the game) to watch #Kaepernick's entire workout yesterday.
He threw 60 scripted passes. His velocity and accuracy were both inconsistent. He clearly has conditioned well, but that wasn't even formally tested like you'd see at the combine.
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) November 17, 2019
NFL should just say, sorry, you blew it, we’re done.