Kaepernick Blows Off NFL Workout, Wears Shirt Suggesting He's A Slave
Riverdale, GA – Colin Kaepernick wore a T-shirt that depicted himself as a slave from the popular TV series Roots after skipping a NFL-sponsored workout.
Instead of the NFL workout, he decided to hold his own.
Kaepernick claims to be trying to sign with a NFL team and was granted his own personal workout by the league which was to be attended by numerous NFL scouts.
However, the NFL said that Kaepernick called league officials at 2:30 p.m. Saturday saying he was skipping the workout set up by the league at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility, CNN reported.
The former football player then held a workout in Riverdale in front of 300 fans and six scouts.
Kaepernick’s representatives said that he had asked that his workout be open to the media but the league wouldn’t agree to that, according to CNN.
The NFL also wouldn’t let Kaepernick have his own film crew, according to agent Jeff Nalley and attorney Ben Meiselas.
The multi-millionaire wore a T-shirt with the words “Kunta Kinte” on it. Kinte was a slave in the book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” that was written by Alex Haley.
Kaepernick said he moved the workout so that more people could witness it, CNN reported.
There was also a dispute about a liability waiver the league had wanted signed.
The NFL said that it sent Kaepernick a waiver that is routinely used by NFL teams to sign free agents as well for the combines for draft prospects, according to CNN.
"At noon today, Colin's representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver," the NFL said, according to CNN. "The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin's representatives. Today's [Saturday] session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants -- an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL."
Kaepnerick started the anti-police protests in 2016 when he took a knee during an exhibition game during the National Anthem.
The former football player even sported socks depicting police officers as pigs along with his Nike shoes on playing field.
He had a 3-16 record as a starting quarterback in his final two years with the San Francisco 49ers.
No NFL team has signed the former professional football player since he quit the 49ers after kneeling on the field for the National Anthem during the 2016-2017 season.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time.