Not a single NFL team contacted Colin Kaepernick after his much-hyped NFL tryout in Atlanta over the weekend.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, no team reached out to the unemployed quarterback after he snubbed the NFL by switching the location of his workout in Atlanta on Saturday. Florio writes: “Per a league source, Kaepernick’s representatives have not heard from any teams with either an invitation to work out privately or an offer to sign a contract.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL’s social justice consultant, arranged the private workout to get critics off Jay-Z’s back.
According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is “disappointed” that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout from the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. to a high school in Riverdale, Ga.
Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with “KUNTA KINTE” on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.
The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was “no-show” at the workout where 25 teams had assembled to watch him throw passes. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the workout. The news media was also invited to the school.
Kaepernick, 32, later said he moved his workout because the league asked him to sign a liability waiver that protects the NFL from further legal action.
Despite his claims that he is a victim, Kaepernick was heavily criticized for pulling yet another attention-seeking stunt.
Stephen A. Smith ripped into Kaepernick and his pal, current NFL player Eric Reid, who still kneels during the National Anthem before games.
During his sports talk show on ESPN on Monday, Smith said, “How is Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid doing us any favors today? Sticking out their chests in defiance of the man when you’ve got your hand out for an opportunity from them?”
Smith went on to slam Reid for calling the NFL racist while still collecting paychecks from the league.