NFL teams were on Tuesday invited to join a private workout by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco quarterback who ignited controversy by kneeling during the US national anthem to protest in opposition to racial injustice.
Kaepernick’s protests triggered a political firestorm in 2017 — after the quarterback had left the league — when US President Donald Trump described players who knelt during the US anthem as “sons of bitches” who should be sacked.
He has not played since opting out of his 49ers contract at the end of the 2016-2017 season and has been repeatedly ignored by teams in the years since.
In 2017 he filed a grievance versust the NFL alleging he was being unfairly denied employment, a case that was settled in February.
He has continued to train in the hope of being able to keep his readiness to play and the NFL-arranged workout
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“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” Kaepernick wrote.
“I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
The workout will take place at an undisclosed location in Atlanta. Clubs that don’t attend in person will have access to video of the session. The event will be closed to media.
Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, played his last match on January 1, 2017, in the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks. During that season, in which the 49ers were 2-14, Kaepernick threw 16 touchdowns and had four interceptions. He rushed for 468 yards on 69 attempts. He opted out of his contract after the season and has been a free agent since.
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