NFL Issues Statement Showing Dissappointment in Kaepernick

Colin Kaeperinck, changed locations 15 minutes before his NFL organized workout was about to take place at Falcons arena.

He cited an issue with the NFL waiver and claimed they would not let media in.

The NFL has now released a statement expressing disappointment at Kaepernick.

He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public.

Today’s 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. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. It is important to note the following:

As stated above, more than three-fourths of NFL clubs were present for today’s workout.

The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin’s representatives. We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview. Yesterday, when Colin’s representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request. In addition, Coach Hue Jackson discussed with Colin’s agent what drills would be run at the workout so that Colin would know what would be expected of him.

Last night, when Nike, with Colin’s approval, requested to shoot an ad featuring Colin and mentioning all the NFL teams present at the workout, we agreed to the request.

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. At noon today, Colin’s representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.

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.

We agreed to have Colin’s representatives on the field while the workout was being conducted and to allow them to see how it was being recorded. We did so even though we have been clear from the beginning that this is private workout. As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was prepared to shoot and distribute video of the interview and workout. We confirmed with Colin’s representatives that they would receive both the video that would be sent to all 32 clubs as well as the raw footage from the entire event, which is unprecedented.

The location Colin selected is more than an hour away from Flowery Branch.

​We are grateful to the Falcons, who made available the club’s first-class facility, along with athletic training, equipment, and communications staff to ensure that today’s workout would occur under ideal conditions, to coaches Hue Jackson and Joe Philbin, who were prepared to run a workout that would allow Colin to demonstrate his skill level, and to Jeff Foster and the Combine staff for arranging for other players to participate and for managing the logistics of the workout.

Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.

In an Op-Ed for USA Today, Dan Wolken argues Kaepernick may have hurt his chances of playing in the NFL with the last minute stunt.

By Dan Wolken

Nothing about the way Saturday unfolded should make you believe Colin Kaepernick will play in the NFL again. Not the way his opportunity to work out for NFL teams appeared out of thin air earlier this week, nor the way it fell apart Saturday afternoon amid dueling accusations and simmering acrimony.

As hastily and inexplicably as it was arranged, it could have been a chance for 20-plus NFL scouts to see Kaepernick throw — even if that’s all it was. Instead, it became another Nike commercial, another day for Kaepernick to bolster his credentials as a cultural icon, another day for him to embarrass NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

At a high school just south of Atlanta’s airport — and about 60 miles from where his original workout at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility was scheduled to take place — Kaepernick instead threw some footballs in front of just eight NFL scouts, a few dozen media members and about 200 fans lining the fence in what seemed like more of a spectacle than a real workout.

And when it was over, after spending nearly half an hour signing autographs and thanking his supporters, Kaepernick delivered a searing indictment of the NFL, which has wanted no part of him since he first kneeled for the national anthem in protest of police brutality.

“I’ve been ready for three years, I’ve been denied for three years,” he said. “We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.”

But as passionately and eloquently as that message was delivered, it’s hard to see Saturday as anything but a setback if the goal was to actually play in the NFL again.

“There was an ulterior motive behind it and I think we’re all seeing that right now,” said Kaepernick’s agent, Jeff Nalley.

In the end, no matter the reservations he had about what the NFL was up to, Kaepernick wanted to do the workout. So when the NFL didn’t agree to his conditions, that’s exactly what he did.

“He had questions like all of us do, but he’s a competitor and he’s been telling everyone he’s been in shape for three years,” Nalley said. “That’s why he wanted to do it in front of the media so everyone could see.”

But even if Kaepernick’s suspicions were well-founded, it’s hard to see how anything that happened Saturday gets him closer to actually playing in the NFL.

We know how this will play out. Kaepernick critics will say that the NFL, whatever its motives, offered him a chance to impress teams in a formal, organized setting and instead he wasted their time by pulling the plug at the 11th hour. They’ll say this proves he’s more interested in building his image as a martyr and Nike pitch man than actually playing football. They’ll say that Kaepernick once again made himself a spectacle, which is not what teams want in a backup quarterback.

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