The failed football player Colin Kaepernick has hit the end of the road after his most recent stunt exposed he is looking to remain as a figure piece for the left rather than a football player as he has claims.
Kaepernick and his camp have said for years that he “just wants to play football” and that the NFL is “conspiring against him.” Well the NFL decided to give him the best shot possible at reentering the league, by hosting a private workout for him in an Atlanta NFL facility where 25 teams would be present and all 32 teams would receive film of his workouts.
Additionally, the workout was set up to provide teams anonymity, so if they watched Kaepernick and didn’t want him, they wouldn’t catch flack. This was done to encourage more teams to attend the event, thus helping the quarterback secure a position.
That wasn’t good enough for the former backup, who made it clear he was more interested in reigniting the media buzz surrounding him than being signed to an NFL team.
The 32-year-old cancelled the workout abruptly on Saturday, about a half-hour before the session was supposed to begin, apparently because he wasn’t allowed to bring his own camera crew.
“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 blatantly disrespecting the generous hosted NFL hosted workout, the multimillionaire Nike puppet then dawned a “Kunta Kinte” shirt during his own workout which was more about a media circus than playing football.
Kunta Kinte was a 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.
A statement from Kaepernick’s agent and lawyer released before the workout blamed a liability wavier and the NFL denying the quarterback the opportunity to bring his own camera crew to the workout for their decision to ditch the event with such little notice.
“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” the statement read, according to CBS Sports. “Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.”
“Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request,” the statement continued. “Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”
According to the NFL, the waiver Kaepernick threw a fit over was a “standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players.”
Moreover, Kaepernick, the NFL claimed, informed them of his request to use his own media crew at the last minute. “We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media,” the statement said.
After this fiasco of a workout, it’s a longshot that any team would want to pick Kaepernick up, which is exactly what he wants.
Kaepernick makes more money as a Nike martyr than he could sitting on the bench of an NFL team, and this will give him another minute or two in the limelight, allowing him to cash in further on his racially divisive tactics.