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Sport Opinion: NFL owes Colin Kaepernick a fair shot at weekend workout in Atlanta

13:40  13 november  2019
13:40  13 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Colin Kaepernick to hold pro day-style workout for NFL teams

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The NFL has informed all 32 of its teams that a private workout will be staged for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta .

The NFL has a chance to finally do right by Colin Kaepernick, and it better be genuine.

Kaepernick confirmed Tuesday night that the NFL has organized a workout for him Saturday in Atlanta. It will include drills on the field as well as an interview, and all 32 teams were invited. For teams that can’t make it, the league will make video of the workout available.

My first reaction was that it’s about time. Kaepernick has been effectively blackballed by the NFL since the end of the 2016 season because he had the audacity to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color and the endemic racism in our society that is behind it.

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Colin Kaepernick , the quarterback who has gone unsigned for the last three seasons after catalyzing a protest movement on the field, is scheduled to work out in front of NFL teams and decision makers on Saturday. The workout , scheduled for this weekend , comes during the free agent quarterback’s

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Players have violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy multiple times, been arrested for domestic violence, also multiple times, and created enough drama to script a reality TV show, and none has been shunned like Kaepernick. So many quarterbacks have been injured, or just plain bad, that Brian Hoyer started a game last weekend.

Meanwhile Kaepernick, who took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in his second season and is still tied for the second-lowest career interception percentage, can’t get so much as a phone call.

Which is why my second reaction was to wonder what the NFL — specifically, its team owners who are almost exclusively white men of privilege — is up to.

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  NFL Players Association's DeMaurice Smith expects Colin Kaepernick to be signed by NFL team NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said he would be "stunned" if Colin Kaepernick wasn't signed after his workout.“I would be stunned if he didn’t get signed because he’s good enough to play anywhere in the league,” Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, said in a text message to USA TODAY Sports.

Kaepernick — who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2016, due in part to his sweeping National Anthem protest which garnered national attention “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” Kaepernick

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I would like to believe that some team, maybe more than one of them, is genuinely interested in Kaepernick, and the NFL is giving them the cover to work him out without sparking a backlash or another wave of faux outrage.

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a close up of a baseball player holding a bat: Colin Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 TDs and 4 INTS.© Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Colin Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 TDs and 4 INTS.

But there are things that don’t add up.

NFL workouts during the season are usually held on Tuesdays, the league’s lone “off” day, because coaches and general managers are free. Or as free as they’re going to get between July and January. Kaepernick’s workout is on a Saturday, when general managers and scouts are typically at college games and coaches are either traveling or finishing their game preparations.

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  Report: NFL will no longer provide list of personnel who'll attend Colin Kaepernick workout Additionally, a number of teams have contact Kaepernick’s to preemptively apologize for not being in attendance this weekend, noting they were confused by the timing of the workout. NFL executives weren’t the only ones caught off guard by the planned audition — Kaepernick himself didn’t even know about the workout until the league informed him of it, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes. The NFL hasn’t given any indication as to why it’s holding a tryout for Kaepernick at this time, but the league wouldn’t budge on a date, time or what will happen at the workout.

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Are we really to believe that Chicago Bears general Ryan Pace would detour to Atlanta on his way to Los Angeles, where the Bears play the Rams on Sunday night, even though Chicago is a team that could desperately use Kaepernick? Or that Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will break away from trying to figure out how to replace Matthew Stafford, even if it is to go see someone who might actually be able to do it?

The timing is also curious. Kaepernick's representatives have been saying for three years that he is working out and wants to play, going so far as to release a memo in October knocking down "false narratives" about the quarterback. Yet ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kaepernick and his team didn't learn about the workout until Tuesday morning.

When they asked if it could be on a Tuesday, or another Saturday, Schefter said they were told no.

Does that mean there’s a team with an honest and urgent interest in Kaepernick — looking at you, Carolina and Detroit — and the NFL wants to make it happen? Or is the league simply trying to wash its hands of Kaepernick once and for all?

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Colin Kaepernick continues to eye an NFL return and will host a workout in Atlanta on Saturday, November 16 that will be open to any interested franchises. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that “several clubs” have expressed interest in Kaepernick and inquired about his “ football readiness.”

He will work out in Atlanta , and all 32 teams are invited. The NFL arranged this workout opportunity for Colin Kaepernick , and teams will have the opportunity to evaluate his readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career.

Which brings us to the NFL itself.

This is not an enlightened or selfless group, and it is petrified of anything that poses a threat to its bottom line. Kaepernick’s return to the league would outrage some fans and no doubt draw the attention of President Donald Trump, who never wastes an opportunity to stoke racism and hatred, and it’s naïve to think teams won't consider this when weighing whether to sign him.

But so, too, should they consider what it says about a league that more readily welcomes drug users and physical abusers than someone trying to help this country right three centuries of wrongs.

The NFL can never make up for the abysmal way it's treated Kaepernick these last three years. Giving him a fair shot Saturday — a real shot — would be a start.

Follow USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: NFL owes Colin Kaepernick a fair shot at weekend workout in Atlanta

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Colin Kaepernick's push to get back into the NFL's good graces took another interesting turn after his workout in front of team officials. While there was much less of an NFL presence after Kaepernick changed the location of the workout, seven NFL teams still managed to get a set of eyes on the former 49ers superstar. Today’s NFL wire listed seven teams as having attended Colin Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday, per source. The seven: Detroit,While there was much less of an NFL presence after Kaepernick changed the location of the workout, seven NFL teams still managed to get a set of eyes on the former 49ers superstar.

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