Unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to join the Seattle Seahawks for pre-season camp, but the visit was reportedly postponed after he wouldn’t tell the team if he would end his controversial national anthem protests.
A source confirmed to ESPN that the Seahawks are considering letting Kaepernick try out for the team, though no final decisions have been made.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became one of the most divisive figures in all of sports when he decided to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality in America. Critics argued the national anthem should not be used a platform for a political protest.
Even President Donald Trump got in on the controversy. He previously told Fox News the NFL should have “suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again.”
“They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem,” he added.
Since then, Kaepernick has had trouble finding a new job in the NFL. Many believe teams are avoiding him due to the controversy that follows him.
One source claimed Kaepernick was “unwilling to give” any “assurance” to the Seahawks that the would stop kneeling during the national anthem. Shortly after, his invite to the team’s center was put on hold.
Hours after the report of Kaepnerick’s postponed visit, the Seahawks signed a backup quarterback on Friday — and it wasn’t Kaepernick. The team reportedly signed Stephen Morris, a 25-year-old quarterback who has never taken a snap in the NFL.
Once it became clear he wouldn’t quickly be signed by a new team, Kaepnerick filed a grievance against NFL owners, claiming they were colluding against him to keep him out of the league.
Or maybe they just don’t want to deal with drama outside of the locker room.