On Tuesday Night ESPN reported Colin Kaepernick would work for the NFL teams next Saturday in Atlanta. Kaepernick has not played in the championship since New Year's Day in 2017, a few months after starting to kneel during the national anthem to protest minority treatment in America. Over the next few years, Kaepernick sued the league for plotting to keep him out of the game, struck a surprise deal, and in the process became one of the country's most visible activists and a frequent participant in the Trump-era cultural wars, always climbing.
The news that the NFL would perform a sanctioned test for a figure most of its owners would not mind putting directly in their rearview mirrors was surprising. Through ESPN, private training will include field work and an interview, and all 32 teams are invited to participate. Later at night Kaepernick tweeted"I just received my reps that the NFL League office contacted them about a training in Atlanta on Saturday. I have been fit and ready for that for 3 years, can't wait to see coaches and GMs at Saturday. "
The timing is intriguing for a few reasons. Kaepernick, as he says, has been requesting this one way or another since his supposed blackballing began, and Ringer reported On Wednesday morning, the timing of the league decision came as a surprise. (Kaepernick, Ringer adds, was informed that he had two hours to respond to the offer.) These exercises usually take place on Tuesdays; On Saturdays, college games are watched and teams prepare for their own Sunday games. Everything is happening four days in advance as well. ESPN reported that Kaepernick's team asked if training could at least be carried over to the following Saturday, and that the NFL said no without offering a reason.
At the very least, the ad seems to suggest some clutter and frenzy around a high profile situation. At worst, the NFL is organizing a fake opportunity to claim that it is giving Kaepernick a legitimate chance to resume his career, and ESPN has reported that its representatives are wondering the same. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report tweeted a quote from an unnamed team official in western NFC, the former Kaepernick pitch during his years as a San Francisco 49er player: “This whole thing is a scam. The NFL is full of shit. It is a show. But he must do so because some of us are sincere. Some of us see him for what he is: a good man.
The league's cloak and dagger approach is even more confusing for Kaepernick's presence and public support. Whatever you have to do with your hand about your playing skills, there are certainly more use for him at the Today's NFL– in its most valuable position – than almost three years of exile would suggest, and any orchestrated attempt to conceal it will be examined. It's the same player that a few months ago drove Ted Cruz and the Arizona governor to melt when, Wall Street Journal reportedNike pulled his Betsy Ross Air Maxes because of his criticism. It means too much to many so that the details of this training are not noticed, and probably most in the league office know this, if not enough.
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