Seahawks postpone workout with Colin Kaepernick over his stance on protests


The Seattle Seahawks reportedly gave Colin Kaepernick the boot from pre-season training after the out-of-work quarterback flat-out refused to quit his national anthem protest; adding they were "deciding" whether to offer the athlete a job for the upcoming season.

Seattle still is considering bringing in Kaepernick for a tryout, and no decisions are final, a source said.

According to the Seattle Times, the Seahawks wanted to know what Kaepernick's plans for off-field social activism would be going forward, including kneeling during the anthem. Kaepernick has said he would stop protesting against police brutality and racial injustice during "The Star-Spangled Banner", but apparently he is not willing to guarantee he won't ever take a knee again.

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It's getting harder and harder for NFL teams to claim not signing Colin Kaepernick is exclusively a football decision. Marcus Smith knelt for the anthem in December 2017 and then was re-signed by the team in March 2018. Eric Reid, who knelt in solidarity with Kaepernick when the two were 49ers teammates in 2016 has likewise had trouble finding work.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider plan to meet with the quarterback at a later date, once he considers "how he wants to proceed on everything", per Rapoport. They just missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years too, so football's basically their side gig now vis-a-vis politics.

The Seahawks are working to establish a backup quarterback for Russell Wilson.

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Three NFL owners are on the deposition list for Kaepernick's lawsuit: Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team, setting himself up as a free agent to potentially player for a different organization.

The Seahawks are now looking for a backup to Russell Wilson, but are considering other options along with Kaepernick. SB Nation, meanwhile, reports that the Seahawks told Kaepernick not to bother attending the workout if he planned to continue kneeling.

The anthem protest continued last season, with players from multiple teams kneeling, while others linked arms in their own form of protest and some players remained in the locker room while Star Spangled Banner was being played.

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