Seahawks 86'd Kaepernick Workout Over Kneeling Stipulation

Posted April 13, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks are putting off a meeting with ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he refused to assure them he would stand for the national anthem, according to ESPN.

The day after the scheduled workout, NFL attorneys administered a deposition in NY regarding the league alleged attempts to keep him out of the league.

Free-agent safety Eric Reid, Kaepernick's former teammate who kneeled with him in 2016, was also apparently asked for assurances during a recent visit with the Cincinnati Bengals that he would not take part in on-field activism. Backup quarterback is not the most important role on the team, but it can be crucial, especially if you have a mobile starting quarterback like Russell Wilson. A resource told ESPN that the excursion was delay after the Seahawks contended about Kaepernick's anthem demonstration.

After Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers parted company a little over a year ago, he went unsigned in 2017, following a relatively successful 2016 campaign. They released backup quarterback Trevone Boykin after a domestic assault accusation from his girlfriend.

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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. National Football League owners and executives attempted to strike a compromise with players in order to put an end to the protests, but players such as Reid and Kaepernick refused to give into pressure.

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".

Head coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and the team's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, are also on the request list from Kaepernick's attorneys.

One high-ranking NFL official told me Monday that these owners meetings and subsequent ones are all about "moving the needle" toward no national anthem protests by the players. Though some teams have reportedly considered signing him, he has remained on the market, leading some to believe his protest turned teams off.

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