Latest On Colin Kaepernick Workout

Colin Kaepernick‘s Saturday workout will not go according to the NFL’s plan. The quarterback’s camp changed the venue. Instead of the session commencing at the Falcons’ Flowery Branch, Ga., facility, Kaepernick will work out at a different location.

The NFL declined to allow media into the workout, which went against Kaepernick’s wishes for transparency, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). Kaepernick’s representatives have rescheduled the workout for 3pm CT, moving it back an hour. Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., will serve as the new venue, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (on Twitter).

From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL office has not provided one,” Kaepernick reps Ben Miselas and Jeff Nalley said in a statement (Twitter link). “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.

Additionally, 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. … Mr. Kaepernick still looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”

Kaepernick’s camp requested to record the workout alongside the NFL’s camera crew, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com (on Twitter); the group did not trust a process with the NFL being the only party with the tape. When the league refused that arrangement, Kaepernick requested media be permitted to view the session. When that was nixed, the quarterback ditched the previous setup, Robinson tweets. This distrust should not surprise given the contentious history between the former Super Bowl starter and the league.

More than three-fourths of the league will send reps to watch the ex-49ers starter throw. While there will not be head coaches or GMs on hand, Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports (video link) many pro personnel heads and scouting directors are in Atlanta. Some execs on hand are believed to be in consideration for future GM jobs, a sign some teams are taking this workout seriously. However, some may not be. Some teams may have been there only because of the NFL’s request, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com tweets.

The NFL was set to provide three wide receivers to participate, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Considering this 11th-hour venue change, it’s possible that will no longer happen. However, ex-Kaepernick teammate Bruce Ellington will be there, with Fowler adding the 32-year-old free agent will bring up to five wideouts to the workout.

The Panthers will not be among the 25 teams in Atlanta for the workout, per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue (on Twitter). This is interesting given Carolina’s quarterback uncertainty and employment of Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in alleging collusion against the NFL. Per Reid, Panthers owner David Tepper told him the team was not planning to add a veteran quarterback.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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27 comments on “Latest On Colin Kaepernick Workout

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Why does someone who isn’t even employed by the NFL need their permission to host a showcase? Couldn’t Kappy simply rent one of the thousands of football fields that exist in America and have his workout uploaded to You-tube?

    • DarkSide830

      id assume it is because he was using a NFL facility – and the NFL’s rules make no sense

      • dugdog83

        Ah yes there it is. That’s the only explanation. Good point. I knew there was something funny about this whole thing.

  2. Kwflanne

    What is an independent film crew “for transparency” going to do? Does he think the other film crews are going to go in and alter the footage? Get some CGI editing done to continue this “conspiracy”? What…. an…. idiot. Hey, Kap, you’ve had your independent film crew filming your little workouts for over three years now…. guess what…. nobody cares.

  3. anthonyd4412

    And how many police have been ambushed and killed since he took on this stupid little crusade to impress his woman?

    • 39 officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2019.

      783 civilians have been killed by police in 2019. Only 443 of those had a gun.

      In an ideal world, the number would be zero on both sides. Not sure why you’re holding the number 39 against Colin Kaepernick of all people.

      • My sources for both numbers (the officer data is via gunfire) are awaiting moderation.

        • compassrose

          How many of those that didn’t have guns had another type of weapon? How many physically attacked an officer and they could have been killed if they didn’t shoot them? How many made a move and acted like they had a weapon? You give one example implying having a fun is the only reason to shoot someone. Protecting citizens is another.

          I agree there are too many bad shootings. I also agree that the police should be held accountable for the bad shootings. Nobody should be treated different. You can’t condemn the police when you use one example.

          • Go and watch some videos. Police are shooting unarmed, non-violent suspects in the back. Police should go back to working out and training and away from endless donut breaks and firing range workouts. Then they’d be able to get their oversized backsides in gear and chase down unarmed suspects instead of shooting them like cold-blooded killers.

            • compassrose

              Are you saying that all 300 or so of the people shot with no gun was shot in the back. I understand that that happens but it is rare.

              Your disdain for police tell me you are a dumb thief who got caught or just dumb. A few bad apples doesn’t mean that every cop is bad.

              I have been on multiple ride alongs with cops and was a reserve for awhile. Let me tell you walking up to a group of 5 or 6 kids all with their backs to you white or black at 1 am is scary as hell. When one turns around real fast with something in their hand you have a split decision to make. If it takes longer than that you are dead.

              So don’t give me your idiotic eating doughnuts BS. These men and women have families to go home to. They can’t put the video game on pause and yell up from the basement to mom they want more pizza pockets. It is life and death.

              Yes the wrong people get hired for the wrong reason. Then they are put in a bad spot and react wrong that is no reason to paint them all bad.

  4. beantownmassacre

    Why would the owners want to pay someone who brought them to court and beat them? It’s like if you sued your employer, win the case and after the case you went to them asking for your job back. I don’t see it

  5. txjags

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba “Spare Tire” Dixon.

    • Kwflanne

      Don’t let that distract you from the fact that in 1997, Becky “the icebox” stopped “I don’t play with girls” Spike, at the one yard line. That ultimately saves the team, and the giants went on to win on a last minute drive which included a pitch to Johnny, a fumblerooskie, and the annexation of Puerto Rico.

  6. qbass187

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

  7. fieldsj2

    This guy is a clown, I don’t think he has any intentions of playing football again. They say he had an issue with an unusual liability waiver. How is it unusual when every other free agent who’s trying out had to sign the same waiver? I copied this from another article “On Wednesday, we sent Colin’s representatives 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,” the NFL said. “At noon today, Colin’s representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.” This was just another attention grab, starting with the Kunta Kinte shirt he wore in warmups. Why would any team want to deal with this big of a distraction?

  8. TJECK109

    Talk about a tantrum. The NFL setup the workout not the teams. So rather than go through the workout with teams present he gave them the finger and did his own infomercial today. Guess Kaep or his agents didn’t want to talk to the teams after the workout.

  9. Max Jackson

    Don’t scouts have phones with cameras on them? Is that not allowed? If I want to show off my skills I think it would look better to be doing reps in a pro stadium than some high school yard.

    If this was about football I would think the guy would just play. Any XFL standout would love the opportunity.

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