‘In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) All 32 NFL teams have refused to sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became controversial for protesting America’s police during the national anthem, according to his representatives.
Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham released a statement on Oct. 10 titled, “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick,” ESPN reported.
Nalley and Windham claimed they have received “little to no response” from NFL teams despite Kaepernick having the talent and desire to play football as well as making no specific salary demands.
“Not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout,” they wrote in the statement. “Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. … No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past three seasons, despite other false statements to the media to the contrary.”
Kaepernick, who is almost 32 years old, has missed three seasons in the NFL. He has not played since 2016 when he protested alleged police brutality and racial injustice in America’s law enforcement and criminal justice system.
“In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it,” the statement said.
He was scheduled to play with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, but he voluntarily exited the contract.
Kaepernick, along with safety Eric Reid, who also protested during the national anthem, filed grievances in the past few years with the aid of the NFL Players Association, arguing that league owners conspired to deny him a job.
A settlement was reportedly reached, though the NFL did not release details.
The Carolina Panthers signed Reid after the settlement, but Kaerpernick remains unsigned.
“The idea he doesn’t fit a team’s system does not mesh with how teams have adjusted their offensive schemes to fit the skill set of their quarterbacks,” the statement said. “Colin has the same skill set as many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now. It is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he’s accomplished.”