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Sports Opinion: If Colin Kaepernick actually wants to play in NFL again, Saturday was a setback

12:35  17 november  2019
12:35  17 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

NFL arranges private workout for Kaepernick

  NFL arranges private workout for Kaepernick The NFL sent its teams a memo Tuesday stating a private workout will be held for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Representatives from all clubs are invited to attend the workout, which will include on-field drills and an interview. Several teams inquired about Kaepernick's football readiness and both he and his reps have expressed a desire to return to the league, Rapoport added.

Colin Kaepernick may become an NFL player again , his attorney told CNN on Saturday night. Kaepernick — who, along with Eric Reid, reached a Kaepernick was set to work out at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday in front of personnel from 24 NFL teams at the Falcons' training facility in Colin Kaepernick

The way Saturday unfolded was good for Colin Kaepernick the celebrity and activist, but it probably won't help him earn another NFL job. USA TODAY. RIVERDALE, Ga. — Nothing about the way Saturday unfolded should make you believe Colin Kaepernick will play in the NFL again .

RIVERDALE, Ga. — Nothing about the way Saturday unfolded should make you believe Colin Kaepernick will play in the NFL again. Not the way his opportunity to work out for NFL teams appeared out of thin air earlier this week, nor the way it fell apart Saturday afternoon amid dueling accusations and simmering acrimony. 

Kaepernick sends message to NFL teams at first workout: 'Stop running from the truth'

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Colin Kaepernick may become an NFL player again , his attorney told CNN on Saturday night. Kaepernick — who, along with Eric Reid, reached a settlement with the NFL Friday concerning his collusion grievances against the league — still “absolutely wants to play ” in the NFL , according to

“Going back into the cage, so to speak, is a big decision,” said Jay Coakley, a sports sociologist at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in a If a team deems Kaepernick ready to play and signs him based on his performance on Saturday he will again be talked about within football circles.

As hastily and inexplicably as it was arranged, it could have been a chance for 20-plus NFL scouts to see Kaepernick throw — even if that’s all it was. Instead, it became another Nike commercial, another day for Kaepernick to bolster his credentials as a cultural icon, another day for him to embarrass NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. 

At a high school just south of Atlanta’s airport — and about 60 miles from where his original workout at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility was scheduled to take place — Kaepernick instead threw some footballs in front of just eight NFL scouts, a few dozen media members and about 200 fans lining the fence in what seemed like more of a spectacle than a real workout.

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Since Kaepernick 's protest is what started this entire conversation, some of the players felt like he should Cowards never want to look the person in the eye that they're blackballing. "Oh, he is being blackballed. Despite what his lawyer says, Colin Kaepernick simply isn't coming back to the NFL .

Mark Geragos, Kaepernick 's attorney, in a CNN interview Saturday , stated his client "absolutely wants to play . The news followed a Thursday Associated Press report that Kaepernick was approached by the Alliance of American Football but the 31-year-old quarterback was looking for million to play

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And when it was over, after spending nearly half an hour signing autographs and thanking his supporters, Kaepernick delivered a searing indictment of the NFL, which has wanted no part of him since he first kneeled for the national anthem in protest of police brutality. 

“I’ve been ready for three years, I’ve been denied for three years,” he said. “We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.”

Eric Reid: Kaepernick's 'goal was accomplished' after workout

  Eric Reid: Kaepernick's 'goal was accomplished' after workout Eric Reid continued his support of former teammate Colin Kaepernick following the quarterback's workout Saturday. "The goal was accomplished," Reid said Sunday, according to ESPN's David Newton. "He proved he can play this game. He proved he can throw the ball. Elite. That's what an NFL executive said." The free-agent passer made 60 scripted throws during his workout at a Georgia high school, which drew generally strong reviews from team representatives.Reid was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustices back in 2016.

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But as passionately and eloquently as that message was delivered, it’s hard to see Saturday as anything but a setback if the goal was to actually play in the NFL again.

"There was an ulterior motive behind it and I think we’re all seeing that right now," said Kaepernick's agent, Jeff Nalley.

From Kaepernick’s side, there were suspicions from the start.

Why did the NFL hastily arrange this workout on a Saturday when league personnel are generally out scouting college games? Why had the league tipped off some reporters that this was happening, as Nalley alleged, several days before the NFL actually reached out to Kaepernick?

Moreover, why did the league insist that the workout would be closed to the media and that Kaepernick wouldn’t be able to film it himself to make sure the footage that got disseminated to teams wasn’t edited? And why did the league want him to sign a six-page waiver that included, among other things, a clause clearing the NFL of potential litigation if no team signed him after this workout?

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Colin Kaepernick showed Saturday that he can do two things required for NFL success: throw a deep ball, and avoid Hue Jackson. He had his chance to show he would do what it took to play in the NFL . Instead, he fought with the league . He wore a shirt that read “Kunta Kinte,” honoring a character from

Colin Kaepernick says he will stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play in the NFL again . Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP. But Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about what he would do. After La Canfora backed off his earlier report, Kaepernick tweeted: “A lie gets halfway

“This was about something other than a workout,” Nalley said. “It didn’t smell right.”

Nessa, Colin Kaepernick are posing for a picture: Colin Kaepernick visits with fans following Saturday's workout. © Carmen Mandato, Getty Images Colin Kaepernick visits with fans following Saturday's workout.

As Nalley pointed out over and over, no team had requested this workout. In fact, there hasn’t been any interest at all in Kaepernick over the last couple years. So what motive would the NFL have to try to make this happen now? 

“Who knows,” Nalley said. “I think eventually we’ll find out. People have speculated, is it (Collective Bargaining Agreement)-related? Is it contract negotiation related? I’m not really sure. I think today people were speculating it was legally related, trying to protect themselves against possible litigation but that’s not what I do. But the bottom line is Colin had to be protected this week with all the crazy stuff going on.”

And that protection involved a backup plan. It was clear right away the decision to shift the workout to Charles Drew High School didn’t happen in the span of an hour or two. By the time media members made it from the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., there were already private security guards lining the perimeter of the football stadium and camera crews from Kaepernick’s team setting up. 

In the end, no matter the reservations he had about what the NFL was up to, Kaepernick wanted to do the workout. So when the NFL didn’t agree to his conditions, that’s exactly what he did.

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Colin Kaepernick still wants to play in the NFL again claims his lawyer and says he would consider an offer from the Patriots, after settling his Kraft is known for being a 'bridge-builder' within the NFL and may be looking for a replacement quarterback to take up Tom Brady's mantel, according to ESPN.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, effectively blackballed as punishment for his protests against police brutality toward people of color and social inequality. Whether it was a formal agreement among the owners or simply understood, anyone who has any sense – or

“He had questions like all of us do, but he’s a competitor and he’s been telling everyone he’s been in shape for three years,” Nalley said. “That’s why he wanted to do it in front of the media so everyone could see.”

But even if Kaepernick’s suspicions were well-founded, it’s hard to see how anything that happened Saturday gets him closer to actually playing in the NFL.

We know how this will play out. Kaepernick critics will say that the NFL, whatever its motives, offered him a chance to impress teams in a formal, organized setting and instead he wasted their time by pulling the plug at the 11th hour. They’ll say this proves he’s more interested in building his image as a martyr and Nike pitch man than actually playing football. They’ll say that Kaepernick once again made himself a spectacle, which is not what teams want in a backup quarterback. 

At the same time, because he once again showed up the NFL and turned what should have been a low-profile workout into a cause, Kaepernick’s fans will only become more devoted and more aggrieved that he hasn’t gotten a legitimate chance. Round and round we go. 

“Y’all saw him, he looked good, hopefully he gets signed,” Nalley said. “That’s up to them.” 

Saturday was a great moment for Kaepernick the celebrity and Kaepernick the activist. Maybe it was never meant to be a real moment for Kaepernick the football player, so his ongoing battle with the NFL remains as it ever was. But if the NFL's goal was to marginalize him even further, it backfired in one sense. By taking the narrative away from the NFL, Kaepernick only got bigger.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: If Colin Kaepernick actually wants to play in NFL again, Saturday was a setback

Report: Nike to release Kaepernick signature shoe in December .
Colin Kaepernick is getting a signature shoe. As part of its endorsement deal with the free-agent quarterback, Nike will release a Kaepernick shoe in early December, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports. It's unknown how many shoes Nike plans to roll out, but sources told Robinson the brand increased its production figures during development due to strong projected demand. Kaepernick appeared to be wearing a pair of the shoes while stretching at his workout in Georgia on Saturday. His former teammate, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, also shared a photo of the shoes on Instagram.

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