Colin Kaepernick is done.
The embattled quarterback was the first to lead the charge with the anti-American anthem protests.
But Kaepernick’s last hope at coming back to the NFL just got shut down.
It’s hard to say whether Kaepernick truly wants to get back in the league.
ESPN’s First Take co-host, Stephen A. Smith, recently said that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback loved the martyrdom he received in the NFL.
This means that he loved his perceived social justice icon status more than he loved the game.
It seems he views himself as a revolutionary like Martin Luther King Jr., which is embarrassingly false.
But as much as he thinks of himself that way, it would make sense that the most liberal NFL organization, the Seattle Seahawks, invited Kaepernick to have a workout for the open backup quarterback position.
But the Seahawks followed up with one pertinent question—would he kneel for the anthem next season if given the opportunity?
Kaepernick confirmed that, yes, he would still protest the anthem.
And guess what? The most liberal city in America disinvited him for his potential workout.
USA Today reports:
“Colin Kaepernick’s free agent saga has taken yet another turn.
The Seattle Seahawks were scheduled to work out the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback this week but postponed the visit after Kaepernick declined to say he would stop kneeling during the national anthem, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Seahawks have not decided when or whether to reschedule the meeting with Kaepernick, according to Schefter.
Kaepernick, 30, has remained a free agent since last offseason. He first began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
Last October, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging that he had been denied employment as a result of his stance.
Multiple Seahawks players, including Michael Bennett (traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason) and several other defensive linemen, did not stand for the national anthem in games last season, with many expressing support for Kaepernick and his actions.
After President Trump criticized the NFL and players who protested last September, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll released a statement backing his players.
“We stand for love and justice and civility,” the statement read. “We stand for our players and their constitutional rights, just as we stand for equality for all people.
We stand against divisiveness and hate and dehumanization. We are in the midst of a tremendously challenging time, a time longing for healing.
Change needs to happen; we will stand for change. May we all have the courage to take a stand for our beliefs while not diminishing the rights of others, as this is the beating heart of our democracy.
As a team, we are united in a mission to bring people together to help create positive change. We can no longer remain silent.”
Finding a backup quarterback is an offseason need for the Seahawks, as Russell Wilson is the only passer currently on the roster.”
What’s even more hilarious is that the Seattle Seahawks are in big trouble with their quarterback position because Russell Wilson is literally the only one on the roster, which means they’ll have to rely on the draft to fill the backup roles.
So they would rather take that risk than sign Kaepernick. Ouch.