Seattle Seahawks Canceled Planned Workout with Colin Kaepernick Over Kneeling Protest

Seattle Seahawks Canceled Planned Workout with Colin Kaepernick Over Kneeling Protest

Seattle Seahawks Canceled Planned Workout with Colin Kaepernick Over Kneeling Protest

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursdaythat league sources told him that the tryout, which had been scheduled for this week, was not completely off and that the team could still bring Kaepernick in for a later visit.

In other words, the team wanted a guarantee Colin would stand during the anthem.

There has been a perception in sports media that teams are hesitant to sign Kaepernick because of possible controversy over his political views, which comes up frequently whenever a supposedly inferior quarterback gets a job in the NFL. Eric Reid, who knelt in solidarity with Kaepernick when the two were 49ers teammates in 2016 has likewise had trouble finding work. He began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 preseason to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. Kaepernick's attendance marks the second time he has attended a deposition involving an National Football League owner, as he also attended the deposition of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair in March.

Kaepernick himself has been deposed under oath by the NFL's attorneys earlier this week in NY. McNair has said he was referring to team executives and not kneeling players. "And I don't think he was willing to give them an answer to commit one way or another".

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Kaepernick, 30, met with Seattle during free-agency last offseason, but the team opted instead to sign Austin Davis to back up Russell Wilson. In fact, this news broke while Kaepernick was sitting in on the deposition of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

McNair was infamously quoted in an ESPN report as suggesting the league should crack down on protests because "we can't have the inmates running the prison".

"The question of how he will handle the anthem this year came up and caused that visit, at the very least, to be postponed, and possibly canceled, depending on how you look at it", Schefter said on "NFL Live" Thursday afternoon. Later, however, head coach Marvin Lewis asked Reid to clarify his answer on protesting, but Reid declined and left without an offer from the Bengals.

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