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Former NFL quarterback, and self-appointed crusader for racial justice, Colin Kaepernick has done nothing but make a spectacle of himself for years.
He began kneeling for the national anthem when he was no longer a starter for the San Francisco 49ers, benched because he could not get the job done anymore.
Then, and only then, did he begin to engage in the thinly veiled publicity stunt of kneeling for the Anthem. He began coming to practice wearing controversial shirts and, one time, wore socks that depicted police officers as pigs.
He received his release from the 49ers that offseason and found that there were no teams that wanted to sign him. In the seasons that have come since then no team has wanted to sign the aging quarterback and he has insisted there is a conspiracy against him.
But common sense should dictate that when you do not have the skills you had in your prime and you come with a ton of baggage and unwanted media attention teams will not be clamoring to sign you.
Last month the league decided to appease him and offer him the chance to work out for various teams in an effort to find one that wants to sign him.
It was undoubtedly an olive branch extended to him that has not been extended to the plethora of other unsigned free agents.
The NFL planned a private workout for him at the Atlanta Falcons stadium but Kaepernick made a last minute change of venue to allow the media to attend.
Because would be the point of grandstanding and proclaiming your martyrdom if the media is not present to document it?
The NFL called him a no show to the event where 25 teams were present, whereas Kaepernick performed in front of representatives from seven teams.
“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout,” the NFL said. “Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants, an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL.”
A month after the event the NFL has said that it has had enough of Kaepernick’s shenanigans and has moved on from him, Reuters reported.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that the league had “moved on” from last month’s long-awaited workout with Colin Kaepernick, three years after the former 49ers quarterback kneeled during the pre-game national anthem in protest of racial injustice.
The protests drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump and Kaepernick said teams would not sign him because of his activism. He eventually settled a collusion grievance case with the National Football League in February.
The NFL announced the special workout with just a few days’ notice, and the 32-year-old quarterback moved the tryout from the Atlanta Falcons facility to a high school after learning the media would not be permitted to attend otherwise.
“This was about creating an opportunity,” Goodell told reporters on Wednesday, at a league meeting. “We created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity and he chose not to take it. I understand that. “We’ve moved on.”
Representatives for Kaepernick, who has long maintained that he is ready to rejoin the league, said the workout was moved to the high school facility as a result of the NFL not conducting the workout as a “legitimate process.”