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NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick has a scheduled tryout with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to ESPN.

The quarterback-turned-activist was blackballed by the NFL after he kneeled during the national anthem before games. He claimed he kneeled to bring awareness to racial inequality in America.

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Kaepernick, 34, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season.

His last NFL tryout in Atlanta in 2019 was a disaster after he objected to the liability waiver the NFL asked him to sign.
 
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Sports Illustrated reviewed a copy of the waiver. In the waiver the NFL asked Kaepernick to agree not to sue any teams in the future.

Kaepernick settled a lawsuit against the NFL in 2019 for an undisclosed amount.

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"My desire to play football is still there," Kaepernick told USA Today in 2020.

"I still train five days a week. I'm ready to go, I'm ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I'm still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I'll be looking forward to it."

In June 2021 commissioner Roger Goodell (with a firm nudge from Jay Z) asked teams to reconsider signing the former 49ers quarterback.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said he would give his "blessing" if his coaches wanted to sign Kaepernick.

Davis' late father, Al Davis, hired the league's first Black and Hispanic coaches (Art Shell and Tom Flores).

Kaepernick led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

He was benched in 2016 and refused to stand up for the national anthem shortly afterwards.

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Stephen A. Smith is sick and tired of hearing about Colin Kaepernick's attempts to play in the NFL.

Kaepernick is so desperate to join the NFL that he said he is willing to accept a backup quarterback position.

In an episode of his ESPN show "First Take," Smith called Kaepernick's comments "utter nonsense. I'm sick of this."

You may recall that Kaepernick was so upset at losing his starting QB position with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 that he refused to stand during the national anthem before the game.

After reporters questioned him about sitting during the national anthem, he decided to get down on one knee rather than sit on the bench.

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It was then that Kaepernick claimed he was kneeling to protest against racial injustice, police brutality and oppression in America.

In 2017, he opted out of his contract with the 49ers and became a free agent. He was then blacklisted in the NFL.

Kepernick sued the NFL in 2019 and won a multi-million dollar settlement.

Now Kaepernick says he will accept a backup quarterback position if an NFL team will sign him.

On Tuesday, Stephen A. Smith turned on Kaepernick after being one of his most vocal supporters in the past.

"My brother, you ain't played in five years. We don't know what you can do but we still believe in you. I believe Colin Kaepernick could be on an NFL team right now and help a team despite being gone for five years because I think he's that gifted. That ain't the point!" Smith said.

"The point is coaches, players and executives all answer to owners of those respective football teams and they don't want to touch you... I understand your point about not trusting them, hell we don't trust them. But we were willing to fight for you, you didn't want to listen to anybody. And now the NFL is saying, ratings are up 10% from the year before. Super Bowl ratings were up 6%. We got some of the best numbers since 2015, that's without Colin Kaepernick. Why would we invite this trouble? Who didn't know they were gonna do that? Who didn't warn Colin Kaepernick they weren't gonna do that?"

The ESPN host continued:

"That's why we told you. Go work out. Show what you can do and let the momentum build to force their hand. But you didn't wanna play. You didn't wanna talk. And that's why you're still doing interviews instead of throwing touchdowns."

Watch video of Stephen A. Smith's statement below.
 

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If you missed Colin Kaepernick's new Netflix series, "Colin in Black and White," you didn't miss much. The series is getting terrible reviews.

Sports journalist and culture critic Jason Whitlock called the series "absolutely embarrassing."

How bad is it? One critic said Kaepernick "Continues to show time and time again that he is one of the biggest scumbags in all of the world."

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The series is about Kaepernick coming of age from a mixed race baby adopted by white parents to a failed NFL quarterback. Actor Jaden Michael plays young Colin.

The series was developed by Kaepernick, co-creator Ava DuVernay, and showrunner Michael Starrbury.

They attempt to portray Kaepernick as a modern day civil rights hero, but they fail miserably because he can't get out of the way of his own gigantic ego.

Kaepernick is still bitter that no NFL team wants to sign him to a contract.

In one episode, Kaepernick compared the NFL combine to the slave trade (yes, he went there).

"What they don't want you to understand is what's being established is a power dynamic," he said.

"Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact."

Then a group of players walk off the field and line up near an auction platform.

A bit overly dramatic? Yes, but we're talking about Colin Kaepernick. This series exposes Kaeprnick for who he really is: an unrepentant narcissist.
 

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Katie Couric admits editing Ruth Bader Ginsburg comments from an interview after she criticized people who kneeled for the National Anthem.

In her new memoir, Going There, Couric writes that she edited Ginsburg's comments about kneelers while working on a story for Yahoo! News in 2016.

The late Supreme Court Justice reportedly said, people who kneel for the national anthem were "stupid and arrogant."

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Ginsburg had also said that kneelers -- like Eric Reid, left, and Kaepernick, right -- showed "contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life"

However, Couric said she removed the comments from her interview because Ginsburg, who was 83 at the time, was "elderly" and probably didn't understand the question.

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Couric said she wanted to "protect" Ginsburg who was from a different era in America and the issue of racial justice was a "blind spot" for her.

Ginsburg was often criticized for not hiring any Black staffers to work in her office at the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg died of complications related to her long battle with pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020 at age 87.

She was succeeded by former appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was appointed to the SCOTUS by former President Donald Trump.

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Ava DuVernay has cast actor Jaden Michael to play a young Colin Kaepernick in a new mini-series on the retired NFL quarterback and activist

The filmmaker has teamed with Netflix for a series, titled Colin in Black & White, a six-episode biographical drama, which she'll partly direct with Kaepernick as the narrator.

Colin in Black & White will focus on Kaepernick's youth and subsequent rise to infamy as an NFL quarterback who was blacklisted for his social activism.

The 32-year-old came under fire after staging a series of kneeling National Anthem protests before San Francisco 49ers games after he was benched in favor of a second string QB in 2017.

He has since become an activist, generating support from several notable figures and corporations for his stance on police brutality against unarmed Black men.

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Two weeks ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said if teams are interested in signing Colin Kaepernick, they would have his blessings.

Earlier this week, Mike Silver of NFL Network said multiple teams have shown interest in signing the free agent quarterback. He said interested teams planned to contact Kaepernick.

So far, that hasn't happened. Despite the encouraging words expressed by former and present NFL players in his favor, not a single team has contacted the social activist.

NBC's Pro Football Talk thinks it's possible that teams are waiting for training camps to reopen after the coronavirus hysteria dies down.

Regardless, it's one thing to express interest to a reporter or to anyone else who, you know, isn't the person in whom a team has interest. It's quite another to actually express the interest to the person in whom the interest exists. If/when that ever happens, that will be significant.

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Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed rapper Jay Z to a joint partnership with the NFL to produce halftime shows and a social justice campaign.

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Jay-Z and the NFL were reportedly in talks for over a year. But amidst their celebration, Jay Z and Goodell didn't anticipate the firestorm of controversy that would ensue.

Many were upset that Jay-Z didn't bring blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick in on the discussions.

Goodell stayed silent and sidestepped the drama, preferring to let Jay Z defend himself.

Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL for kneeling during the National Anthem.

Now Goodell acknowledges he was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Goodell also said the phrase "Black Lives Matter" and, he said it was a step forward for the league.

During ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special on Monday evening, Goodell was asked about the possibility of Kaepernick returning to the NFL.

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell said.

He added that teams are free to sign Kapernick if they believe he will contribute to the team. "I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that," he said.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon questioned Goodell's timing.

"I think we should have been questioning why Roger Goodell didn't say black lives matter when he was born, or when he became commissioner or when he was reelected commissioner... It's not cool that Roger Goodell said it. He should've been saying it."

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The XFL football league considered extending an offer to NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but he wanted too much money.

The XFL, owned by Vince McMahon, has seen a resurgence in popularity since it was revived in 2017.

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck tells National Public Radio he extended a contract offer to Kaepernick, who has been out of work since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Luck said Kaepernick's salary requirements were too high for the fledgling league. Kaepernick demanded $20 million or more (an average of $2 million per game).

Luck hinted that Kaepernick isn't worth $20 million.

"I don't know," Luck said. "That was well over a year ago, so I don't know what kind of shape, you know, Colin is in. And, you know, we haven't followed that because... we want the best players who are interested in playing in our league."

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Kaepernick, 32, sabotaged an opportunity to workout in front of 25 NFL teams in Atlanta last year. He switched the location of the workout at the last minute, causing many teams to cancel their appearances.

Kaepernick's problems began when he was benched by the 49ers, and he chose not to stand for the National Anthem as a form of protest against his benching.

He later claimed he was protesting police brutality and violence against unarmed Black men in America.

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Jay Z responded to the backlash on social media after he and his family remained seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.

Critics slammed Jay Z, 50, and his wife Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, who, along with their 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, remained seated while Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem prior to the big game.

During a discussion Tuesday at Columbia University, Jay Z said he and his wife weren't protesting the American flag.

The "Hard Knock Life" rapper said he and his wife were in "artist mode" while watching gospel singer Yolanda Adams perform "America the Beautiful" and Lovato sing the anthem.

He claimed he was watching intently to make sure the performances went smoothly, as part of his duties with the NFL.

"I'm looking at the show. 'Did the mic start? Was it too low to start?'" he said.
 

 

"The whole time we're sitting there, we're talking about [Adams'] performance. Then right after, Demi comes out, and we're talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds and what she's gone through in her life for her to be on the stage," he said, before adding, "We're so proud of her."

Jay Z claimed if he and his wife were protesting, they would not have involved their daughter, Blue. "We wouldn't do that to Blue and put her in that position... If we told her we were gonna do something like that, you would've seen her tapping me a hundred times... she would say 'What time? Are we doing it? Are we doing it now? It's 7:05 daddy, are we doing it now?'"

"I didn't have to make a silent protest, the rap mogul said. "If you look at the stage, the artists that we chose, Columbian Shakira, Puerto Rican [Jennifer Lopez], we were making the biggest loudest protest of all."

The controversial protest raised eyebrows because the league gives Jay Z a big paycheck as a music producer for the Super Bowl halftime show.

The father of 5 entered into a partnership with the NFL in August. He was heavily criticized because he did not show support for blacklisted NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick mocked Jay Z and Beyonce in a social media post after the game, repeating Jay Z's comment: "We are past kneeling."

Kaepernick is still unemployed.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z sparked a massive backlash on social media for not standing and saluting the flag during the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.

Jay-Z, Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy, stayed seated while Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem before the start of the Super Bowl.

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick mocked Jay-Z and Beyonce on social media. Apparently, Kaepernick was annoyed by Jay-Z staying seated after he said Black people had moved past kneeling.

Americans were furious that Jay-Z, who is a partner with the league, disrespected the American flag.

Many Twitter users called for Beyonce, 39, and Jay-Z, 50, to leave the country if they are unpatriotic.

Many social media users bought tickets to Bey and Jay's On the Run II tour. They are upset that the former power couple are being so ungrateful.
 

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Janet Jackson is a huge Colin Kaepernick fan. The superstar singer went the extra mile to get a hold of Kaepernick's sold out Air Force 1 sneakers.

According to The Blast, the shoes sold out within minutes after going on sale last month. Millions of sneaker heads tried to buy the sneakers which retailed for $110.

Janet reached out to one of her contacts who hooked her up with a pair.

"Thank you CK for my sneaks. I love'em [sic] @Kaepernick7," she wrote in the caption of a photo that shows her rocking the coveted sneakers.
 

The sneakers feature a logo of Kaepernick's signature afro on the heels and they bear the date "08 14 16" on the right sole. The date marks the first time Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before a game.

The shoes hit the market weeks after Kaepernick attended a workout for NFL teams in Atlanta. One of the wide receivers who caught Kaepernick's passes that day was offered an NFL contract, but Kaepernick is still unsigned.

Nike made the 32-year-old activist the face of an ad campaign for Nike's 30th anniversary year in 2019.

On Saturday, the former NFL quarterback angered his Twitter followers when he slammed the United States as an imperialist country after a precision drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, 62.

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A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.

According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.

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Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.

According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."

The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.

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Terrell Owens angered Stephen A. Smith when he said a white co-host was "Blacker" than the outspoken ESPN host. Owens made the remark during a guest appearance on ESPN's First Take on Thursday morning.

Owens and Smith engaged in a heated debate on the issue of Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. Smith has been criticized for mocking the unemployed quarterback whose recent NFL workout was dismissed by Smith as a PR stunt.

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Owens pointed out that Smith's co-host, Max Kellerman, who is white, defended Kaepernick, saying the NFL and critics were unfair and racist toward the hapless quarterback.

"What (Colin Kaepernick) wanted was transparency - for people to see the full workout, to see the full Colin Kaepernick... I'm in the streets. Max (Kellerman) almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A., with his commentary," Owens said to Smith. "I'm just saying. I'm just saying. I'm just saying."

Smith, who is Black, was livid. "Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. With all due respect, my brother, wait a minute. I'm-a check you right now. You've done crossed the line. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Wait a minute. You've done crossed the line," Smith replied.

After the show, Smith said he was "offended" by the former NFL star for challenging his Blackness and basically calling him a coon.

"T.O. obviously offended me very, very much by questioning my blackness the way that he did," said Smith.

"I thought it was bush league. I think it's BS. But I forgive him. He's my brother. And I got love for him. And it is what it is. There's a lot of black people out there in America at this particular moment in time that have a problem with the position that I take. That's fine. I want to assure everybody in the black community; I'm not backing up one damn bit. I'm not changing my mind. I'm not bowing down to y'all vitriol and the venom that y'all are aiming in my direction. Keep it coming. I don't give a damn. Because I know I am right on this 

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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."

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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.

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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.

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Colin Kaepernick made enemies in high places after his latest PR stunt. According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

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According to Complex, "a source close to the situation" informed them that Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick turned his workout into a publicity stunt.

Kaepernick, 32, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday to prepare for his big workout at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. He last played in the NFL three years ago when he opted out of a contract with the 49ers.

All went well until three hours before the start of the private workout, when Kaepernick's camp informed the NFL that the workout was moved to Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga, about 60 miles away. The news media was invited to attend.

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. The league said 25 teams attended the workout. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the moved workout.

Kaepernick's people responded, saying the NFL asked the unemployed quarterback to sign a "liability waiver" that protects the league from further legal action.

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Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid, left, settled a grievance against the NFL and team owners for blacklisted him after he led protests by kneeling during the National Anthem.

The reaction from the sports world was swift, with many saying Kaepernick was finished. ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Kaepernick doesn't want to play in the NFL. He "wants to be a martyr."

In a video, Smith said:

"This man wanted a chance. Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility—state of the art facility, NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything, and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Because of some issue with a liability waiver, Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue. You don't want to work. You just want to make noise and you want to control the narrative."