Unemployed for three years, Colin Kaepernick, American football quarterback, participated in a workout in Georgia in hopes of prompting interest in his employment. However, none of the NFL’s 32 teams reached out to him about a potential job.
The Guardian reports that “seven teams sent scouts to an event in Georgia last week, in which the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback threw to receivers, and the other 25 were sent videotape of the session.” However, none of the teams contacted Kaepernick and his representatives.
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Kaepernick became controversial when he kneeled during the national anthem in 2016 as a protest of police brutality. This caused negative reactions from fans but positive reactions from “political pundits who loved his anti-America message.”
In the past three years, he claimed that the NFL is “racist and has colluded to keep him out of the league,” as reported by Daily Wire. Kaepernick expressed that he still wants to play, and he deserves a chance.
Despite him believing that he was “blackballed by the league” after his protest, the NFL gave him a chance to work out in front of team scouts last weekend. Due to a dispute over the contract, however, Kaepernick moved the venue at the last minute. NFL was disappointed while Kaepernick’s supporters believed “the workout was a token gesture to show the league had attempted to reach out to the quarterback.”
Eric Reid, Kaepernick’s close friend who plays for the Carolina Panthers, believes that Kaepernick can still make an impact in the NFL. “He proved he can play this game. He proved he can throw the ball. Elite. That’s what an NFL executive said,” said Reid.