Seahawks Back Away From Kaepernick Because He Won't Promise To Stop Kneeling

The Seattle Seahawks rescinded an invitation for Colin Kaepernick to visit their headquarters during training camp.

Seattle, WA – The Seattle Seahawks postponed an invitation for former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick to visit their headquarters because he wouldn’t promise to discontinue his kneeling protests during the National Anthem.

Kaepernick became the most controversial player in the NFL after he began kneeling during the anthem in protest of racism and police brutality.

Two weeks ago, the Seahawks invited Kaepernick to visit during a pre-season camp, and to work out with the team, sources told ESPN. Plans were made and travel was booked, and everything was set to go.

However, “the trip was unexpectedly scuttled over the Seahawks' last-minute stipulation regarding Kaepernick's anthem stance,” ESPN reported.

ESPN’s source said that the Seattle team wanted the controversial quarterback’s word that he wouldn’t continue kneeling during the national anthem if he was offered an opportunity with their team.

Kaepernick was unwilling to make that commitment, so the Seahawks “postponed” his visit.

The source told ESPN the decision wasn’t final and that Seattle was still considering whether to give the former San Francisco 49er a shot; however, on Friday, the Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent quarterback Stephen Morris, KIRO reported.

The day after the cancelled visit would have taken place, Kaepernick was in New York to give his deposition to attorneys for the NFL in his case that alleged the league was conspiring against him to keep the controversial quarterback unemployed.

Critics have said Kaepernick’s unwillingness to cooperate with standards and policies of teams who are potential employers has kept him off the field since he was released by the 49ers, not a league conspiracy.

There’s much speculation that many NFL teams have no desire to attract the wrath of patriotic football-watching Americans who are angry about players’ kneeling protests during the anthem for the past two seasons.

In fact, ESPN reported that when the Cincinnati Bengals interviewed San Francisco 49ers free-agent safety Eric Reid, who has knelt alongside Kaepernick in the past, they also asked for his assurances that he would not participate in any activism on the field, too.

Kaepernick has claimed the NFL conspired against him because no team has invited the Super Bowl champion to work out since he left the 49ers and became a free agent in 2016. But in his final two seasons in the NFL, Kaepernick's record was 3-16.

The Baltimore Ravens reportedly considered Kaepernick briefly before the 2017 season; however, blowback from outraged Ravens fans on social media quickly put the kibosh on those plans after the quarterback's girlfriend tweeted a racist meme of the Ravens owner.

ESPN had reported that the Seahawks were still struggling to solve their quarterback woes, and hadn’t taken Kaepernick out of the running just yet. It remained to be seen whether the hiring of Morris signaled the end of the road for Kaepernick with the Seahawks.

The team had begun scrambling after they fired quarterback Trevone Boykin on March 27, the day before he was arrested by Texas authorities on aggravated assault charges after a domestic violence incident with his longtime girlfriend, USA Today reported.

Comments (31)
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Marxest
Marxest

Kaepernick has the right to kneel, just as his critics and opponents have the right to be racists.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I have the right as a Veitnam veteran and a retired police officer to never watch an NFL game again played by over paid, un-informed jocks that do nothing to make America better or safer.

Lex450
Lex450

He does have a right to kneel. But in a business, they run the show. You don't like it, you don't work there. Plain and sinple

186
186

This has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with honoring the symbol of your country., and all the people of every Race, Creed or Color that have fought and died protecting it. Racist/racism has become an overused word(s) When Lisa Durden of Black Lives Matter says "This is an exclusively Black Space so if you do not identify as Black do not come": Is this not a racist statement?

dsmarine
dsmarine

Amen!

dsmarine
dsmarine

I was a die hard Steelers fan from BEFORE they ever won any Super Bowls. My wife was a Bears fan. Now NFL is gone from our lives for good!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

It is NOT racist to hate someone who disrespect our military and flag and to hear blacks use the “race” card to defend him is disgusting!!!

JBo
JBo

So anyone that doesn't agree with him is a racist?

RetiredADA
RetiredADA

He has the right to his beliefs and to stand (or in this cas, kneel) by them. I chose to stop watching football teams that chose to us this forum to make a political protest having nothing to do with football. Life is all about choices and being true to our beliefs.

jojo57
jojo57

I've turned off football permanently due to the actions to kneel. I find it highly offensive and will not give one dime to any agency that allows America to be disrespected. So its up to the NFL's owners and league to decide if they want to alienate MOST Americans and our dollars.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I wonder if/when he will move back into his parents basement............ ;)

Heezels
Heezels

No one is saying he doesn’t. But, whether or not it’s his “right” to kneel while at work... well that’s up to the company. Just like it was up to the company to allow the kneeling protests mid season last year. But then after that received a sharp drop in ratings, they all quietly decided to stop talking about politics.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Your mindset seems to be the consensus of blacks anytime a black person is criticized In reality it has absolutely nothing to do with race and everything about being disrespectful to the country that allows someone like Kaepernick the opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a kids game.

LegalGenius1965
LegalGenius1965

So anyone who doesn't believe what Kap believes is automatically a racist? Typical liberal response.

kennyz
kennyz

playing in the NFL is a job. they were going to offer him a job. just like any job in America, when you get hired, they tell you what is expected, and what conduct is expected. You have the option to agree to take the job, or not. If you decide to take it, then you are agreeing to abide by the company rules. deciding to not take a job, because you don't like one of the rules, has nothing to do with race......

Firefighterwidow
Firefighterwidow

Oh good grief Marxest!!! White players have also been kneeling alongside their black teammates and I find JUST AS MUCH disgust with them as the blacks. So stop whining about racism, wipe your nose and grow up to be a productive part of society by understanding how offensive this whole kneeling thing is. If these players want to protest their STUPIDTY about what cops really do, then they need to do some ridealongs and see just what danger is all about. Why don't these players, again, I stress, both black and white, use their millions toward good, like opening places all over the US, especially the places that are worse hit by violence, so these kids can actually go and begin to get an education and be taught to freaking cooperate when they're pulled over instead of acting like a bunch of spoiled rotten morons and creating the situations they get themselves into. They need to start executing a chance for these kids to a chance and a place to change, which I would hope a lot of them would to get out of the gangs and gunfire. But no, these concussion, musclebound dolts, instead, just take a knee and put a fist in the air. REALLY?? They need to pull their fists out of their black and white assholes and DO SOMETHING to help these the way these youths are living, want to get a job and change the attitude of the other members of their circles. Getting grass stains on their knees is NOT DOING A DAMN THING but upsetting football fans, both BLACK AND WHITE, YES MARXEST, black people are also fed up with this pathetic kneeling. They need to get off their knees, ride with some cops and just see how idiotic their black "bruthus" are acting and creating any situation they get if they don't cooperate with cops, black and white cops, too. Yes, Marxpest, there are black cops who are fed up with stupid blacks, too. If you had any kind of brains you would know this!! Not all blacks are on YOUR side, idiot.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NTPD935Ret
They're not overpaid, economically. Technically most are underpaid, in relation to how much money they bring in.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

kaepernick in ANOTHER Blue Lives Matter article. He stays in you peoples' asses doesn't he?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I suppose it's no different than your obsession with this website, Cheech. It seems that we live in your mind 24/7.

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

Why is this has-been hack still news?

Mischa1
Mischa1

EXACTLY...

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

exactly, every job has rules and regulations. obey and work, disobey u do not work. simple enough even for libnuts to understand..although us deploreables are supposed to be the dummies..as we laugh all the way to the bank cuz we do not break the rules at work

Smallandmighty
Smallandmighty

Kap is washed up. And any team that picks him up is going to risk losing a whole lotta fans...not because of his cause...but because he has been portrayed as "Non American."

WillR
WillR

I have never served in the military and have never been a police officer, but I want to thank you, sir for your service in both ways. And I agree with you 100 percent!!

FlagLovingAmerican
FlagLovingAmerican

He's a wimp and a moron. Who would upset the applecart to the beginning of a multi-million dollar a year career? Self-sabotage. Get out of the country if you can't appreciate it. Go ask a European who has never lived here how much they would love to take your place!

papawterry
papawterry

For what they do they ALL are overpaid! If you pay too much to watch them QUIT! Put 'em out of business... Kaepernick is a nasty piece of cock spray! Hope he leaves the country and plays for some communist country... Good riddance.

111NOS
111NOS

He should not even be allowed to clean toilets at a stadium let alone play pro ball anymore.