More negative leaks emerge about Colin Kaepernick

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The big wheels of the anti-Kaepernick machine keep rolling.

In an item that sounds a little like our recent PFT item but that in many ways is fundamentally different, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com shares under the cloak of anonymity more criticism of Kaepernick’s football habits. And, at a time when the 49ers have recently apologized to Kaepernick for a leak to Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding Kaepernick’s desire to play, these latest leaks come from, yes, the 49ers.

“As one Niners employee explained it, Kaepernick wouldn’t stay late at the facility during the season like many quarterbacks routinely do, saying he’d take work home,” Breer writes. “And there were examples where coaches saw what looked like shoddy prep surfacing in inexplicable mental errors in games. Another staffer, asked if he thinks Kaepernick wants to keep playing, answered, ‘I do think he wants to play — to stay relevant.'”

It’s not clear on the surface of the article whether the leaks come from current or former 49ers employees. Breer has clarified that the person who expressed the belief that Kaepernick wants to play “to stay relevant” was employed by the team a year ago, but Breer has not clarified whether the Niners employee who chided Kaepernick for taking work home is still employed, or whether the leak came before or after G.M. John Lynch told PFT Live that he apologized to Kaepernick for the leaks to King about Kaepernick.

The irony of Breer’s article is that his broader point — Kaepernick needs to speak on his own behalf — comes in an article containing more examples of people speaking about him under the cloak of anonymity. Multiple members of the media have been trafficking in these anonymous opinions, passing them along without scrutiny and thus necessarily presenting them as true.

Breer’s item becomes the latest example of King’s website being all over the map when it comes to Kaepernick. King has consistently and repeatedly argued that Kaepernick should be employed, reiterating the view most recently in King’s weekly mailbag and sharing eye-opening data on Monday from Cian Fahey suggesting that Kaepernick threw only seven “interceptable” passes in 2016, the least in the league. (Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions for a 90.2 passer rating last season; imagine how well he would have played if he wasn’t lazy, as Breer’s latest reporting clearly implies.)

Others, like Breer and Andy Benoit, have made their views on Kaepernick clear. Benoit received sharp criticism from Drew Magary of Deadspin.com for making a football-based argument that all 32 starters and 15 backup quarterbacks are better than Kaepernick. While it’s admirable that King allows his people the freedom to write what they want, the issues raised by Kaepernick’s unemployment are too sensitive and too nuanced for a publication to be skittering all over the place regarding whether Kaepernick can or can’t play, regarding whether he does or doesn’t want to play, and regarding whether his unemployment is or isn’t a result of his activism.

57 responses to “More negative leaks emerge about Colin Kaepernick

  1. Maybe you guys should speak louder….. I don’t think it will work though. The Anti-Kaep movement is stronger. Libs lose again

  2. Football fans want to watch football players. Not political players. Maybe if Colin Kaepernick focused exclusively on football while keeping his personal agenda private he’d still be playing somewhere. Other players in the NFL take heed!

  3. Kaep isn’t speaking because he keeps getting his name in the “news” with his silence. Not one of the check writers wants him, playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right. Let it go.

  4. Of course he’s lazy. Most QB’s who are athletically gifted learn to rely on their athleticism from the time they were in high school (or sooner). It’s actually a hindrance to NFL success (for most). For example, I can’t remember which athletic QB it was, but it was 4th and goal from around the 5 yard line and it was late in game (NFL) and a TD was the only option. Before it was snapped, I knew he’d try to run it in. First he looked at his receiving options, didn’t pull the trigger, then tried to run it in and failed to make it.

    P.S. He’s also lazy in his thinking.

  5. Kaepernick threw only 7 “interceptable” passes because more than half his throws were so off-target that neither the reciever nor defender could catch it.

  6. Whether you’re for or against Kaep, it is getting more and more clear; he doesn’t really have the heart to play anymore. I was all for Keep until he kneeled. Instead of using that, I’m going by what I saw. He had 1 win. Played the worst a qb has ever played against the Bears, lost all that weight when he turned vegan, in which he lost muscle, came off a few surgeries, couldn’t beat out Gabbert, reads once and takes off, takes sacks constantly, he was legit until defenses figured him out. If you wanna believe the reason why he isn’t playing is strictly because of him kneeling you’re crazy. If Brady had knelt and was released there would teams lining up for him. He’s not getting signed because his skills have dimished. It’s that easy. And this is coming from someone who had a man crush on him.

  7. What is most interesting is why Breer continues to lead an anti-Kaepernick movement.

    I would like to see him play again but to those who relish in the fact he is unsigned I’m sure he is more than financially well off for the rest of his life regardless.

    I do find it interesting what people are willing to look past in society and what people find simply unforgivable.

    Yes, Kaepernick made some errors in presenting his position (aka the socks) but overall I can’t help think those who want to vilify him are doing more disrespect to the flag and what it is supposed to represent then Kaepernick ever did by taking a knee.

    Then again I’m not a person who is prone to blind allegiance and I realize no matter the situation there will be a flaw in a gathering, organization, society or country and it is more healthy to have a discussion then shout down from a position of power to those who look for righting a perceived wrong.

  8. nestrongsafety says:
    Jun 22, 2017 5:02 PM
    Football fans want to watch football players. Not political players. Maybe if Colin Kaepernick focused exclusively on football while keeping his personal agenda private he’d still be playing somewhere. Other players in the NFL take heed!
    ——-

    Fans who are affected by the things Kaepernick took a stand for want to hear him and others.

    Those who (think they aren’t) affected by those things are quick to offer this type of sentiment, though.

  9. I mean his play would support the story. After his last post about cops being today’s slave police, the juice ain’t and will never be worth the squeeze

  10. I dislike this person for many reasons.
    But people give it up.
    He spoke his beliefs and has suffered the consequences.
    Whether he is a qualified QB is debatable.
    There are many outspoken NFL players.
    Too many to name…
    Some are admired for their words and beliefs and some are shunned.

    So…let’s move on.

  11. Sure hope he gets signed so you guys can sleep at night. Geez. Get over it. NFL owners like money…Kaps presence will generate the opposite. Face it. He’s done. Maybe he can invest in a company that designs socks.

  12. It’s obvious that you can find a few left wingers, and a few right wingers in every front office. You won’t get anything positive about Kaepernick from a right winger. The players vote on the Len Eshmont Award, annually given out to the 49ers player who best exemplifies courage and leadership. Kaepernick won that award. The majority of players aren’t right wingers. This isn’t rocket science.

  13. Judging by his social media posts, Kap seems more interested in being a social justice warrior than a QB.

    I don’t harbor any ill will toward him but I don’t think football is a very high priority for him anymore.

  14. You wonder why his play quality went down? There isn’t an American lineman that will block for him. I think the whining ways of some Minorities is getting pretty old.
    If these guys honestly put a true effort in everything they did it would be a different story. You cannot insult a persons whole way of life and then expect them to treat you like you are special or something!
    Kap you are selfish, lazy and a troublemaker that’s full of yourself. You kicked your fellow Americans in the teeth, now You picked the wrong way to point out an issue weather it is real or imaginary. You made your bed.

  15. I wouldnt be surprised if Kaepernick would be leaking this stuff himself in order to stay relevant and garner sympathy towards his “cause”.

    Not like he has been proactive about finding a job, in regards to his habits its nothing new. And no one is going to say anything negative in public either since itll be seen as an attack on the movement rather than a fact.

  16. goldrush4949 says:
    Jun 22, 2017 5:37 PM

    Judging by his social media posts, Kap seems more interested in being a social justice warrior than a QB.

    I don’t harbor any ill will toward him but I don’t think football is a very high priority for him anymore.
    —————————————————————
    I think this hits the nail on the head. Kaep seems far more interested in his causes than in being a football player. If he really wanted to play, there are a multitude of ways for him to express it (and no shortage of media outlets eager to broadcast his every thought).

    His cavalier attitude and lackadaisical approach to continuing his NFL career is telling teams everything they need to know. Football is not a sport you can play half-heartedly, on the side, while chasing your true passion. It requires the utter and complete dedication of the individual to play at a high level consistently.

    Kaep just doesn’t seem to have that anymore, if indeed he ever did.

  17. He consistently is under 60% completion rate for his career. Last year lost 6 fumbles in 12 game and threw for 2200 yds while playing from behind most games other then 16:4 TD:int he’s terrible and a distraction whether you think so or not
    He went to SB with stacked team but so did Dilfer and if he would’ve done what kapernick did no one would be worri d if he had a job

  18. So when a person who use to work with Kaep say’s he is a great guy and should be playing, you report it and say it is proof that Kaep is being black balled. When a person who use to work with Kaep says that Kaep was not a great player/teammate you say it is proof that Kaep is being black balled….I will give you credit for staying on point.

  19. I’ve watched every game Kap has played for the Niners. 16 TD’s and 4 picks sound great except when you factor in that most of his TD’s and completions for that matter came in the second half after the 49ers were out of the game. It’s not too hard to see that defenses were allowing Kap to complete passes because that kept the clock running. When the games were close in the first half, Kap couldn’t sustain a dive to save his life. The Niners offense was a 3 and out machine. That’s a fact. He’s not a great quarterback, no matter how Florio tries to spin it.

  20. spartanniner says:
    Jun 22, 2017 8:00 PM
    I’ve watched every game Kap has played for the Niners. 16 TD’s and 4 picks sound great except when you factor in that most of his TD’s and completions for that matter came in the second half after the 49ers were out of the game. It’s not too hard to see that defenses were allowing Kap to complete passes because that kept the clock running. When the games were close in the first half, Kap couldn’t sustain a dive to save his life. The Niners offense was a 3 and out machine. That’s a fact. He’s not a great quarterback, no matter how Florio tries to spin it.
    ——————————————

    He’s not a great QB but people who study film and run sites and services that do rankings have shared evidence that he’s at least as good as the majority of backup QBs and the narrative about him needing a special offense doesn’t holdup because he’s better in the pocket than a lot of so-called pocket passes who got deals this year. I honestly respect people more when they say they don’t want him for non-football reasons. Even if I don’t agree with false patriotism, I think they are more honest.

  21. Andy Benoit was a visionary when he said Kaepernick would not win 10 more games in his NFL career BEFORE he sat his butt on the bench and pointed during the Anthem.

    If his “47 QBs are better than Kaep” comment is a bit of hyperbole then the truth is closer to 32 than 20.

    NFL GMs are not looking to sign washed up QBs with giant holes in their game. They want potential or the chance of drastic improvement. They want someone who plays the game the way their teams run it.

    If you think the Jets are crazy to not try to win 3 games with Kaep instead of 2 games with Hackenberg as he learns then you know nothing about the NFL.

    If you are comparing Kaep to Wilson who threw for 8,243 yards the last 2 seasons then I have to ask if you are stereotyping them as similar for some reason.

  22. All Kap did wrong
    Was not stand for their song?
    Kap pointed to their shame
    They say just play da game?
    They say Kap has no right
    To point to the sight
    That he sees every night
    They say ignore the blood that we shed
    The problem is all in Kaps head?
    So now all they can say
    Is Kap was no good anyway?

  23. Albert Breer,, the same guy that called Adam Jones a liar for calling out Fenway fans for being racist. Typical media smut job reporting with so called anonymous sources to dis credit Kapernick. Simply put, he’s not signed for pointing out an injustice that continues to perpetuate american society.

  24. Does he want to play? Doesn’t he want to play? Why doesn’t someone just ask him or his agent? Sports writers LOVE what’s going on with this guy, that’s why.

  25. Lazy???? WTH?!

    He may not be engaged in football at the moment, but Kap is far from lazy. There’s been a history of of Kap’s commitment even Harbaugh said so. Now, could his attitude and desire be questioned based on last year? It could be argued for sure. Did his politics get in the way? I surely think so. Do I think he’s a great QB from a football perspective? No.

    However, this man, not football player, is far from lazy. I would like to see any one of us do what he is doing for communities and programs needing a voice. He’s done so much for awareness even though I don’t agree with his methods of using the NFL arena to do so. I hated when he knelt, period.

    Still, I commend his resolve for those whose voices need to be heard. Took guts. You may not like his politics like I do. You may think he’s a horrible QB. One thing is for sure…

    Kap is a good man and no words from us in WWWLand will ever change that fact.

    (Wish I had some shades to move over my eyes as I say, “Deal with it!”)

  26. I don’t bet, but I’ll put my money that Baalke is the “leaker” that guy is such a turd. So glad he is gone.

  27. Spartanniner – Hate to tell you, but the niners were the worst 2nd half team last year. They always shined in the first half and then just gave up on the second, don’t believe me.. go watch the film. Your whole comment is flawed

  28. He can go protest dead heros at a Michael Moore rally. NFL fans will not tolerate him. When SanFran won’t support you no fan base will. Not to mention he is a backup qb talent at best.

  29. Niner dynasty
    100% true. His cheap stats came in the first half of games then completely chokes in the third and fourth quarter.

  30. Niners dynasty
    Your 100% on point. Krapernick “amazing stats” came in the first half of games and completely chokes in the third and fourth quarter of games. Went on a 10 game losing streak. His sjw fanboys keep saying but he went to the Super Bowl. Ya well so did rex grossman and trent dilfer.

  31. akira1971 says:
    Jun 22, 2017 5:14 PM
    Kaepernick threw only 7 “interceptable” passes because more than half his throws were so off-target that neither the reciever nor defender could catch it.

    I still remember one time his missed his WR so bad he hit the ball-boy, who was facing away, in the back of the head despite him being about 15 yards past the WR Kaepernick over-threw.

    Also, his lack of accuracy is also why Kaepernick has always been one of the leaders in ‘bad pass’ percentage. Last year he was third with 19.94%. The year before 19.26% The year before that it was 18.83%.

    Compare that to:

    Brees: 8.62%
    Ryan: 10.67%
    Bradford: 11.59%

  32. If you are going to mention Football Outsiders then mention as well how low he is on their 2016 list (30th out of 34), and rate him on their system instead of harping on 16 and 4.

    That said, I think he is a talented QB who with some talent around him could do very well. The Bronco’s for instance are idiots IMO for not signing him considering their current QB situation.

    Also, the league wide blackball of Kaepernick is so obvious it is laughable, and anyone who says otherwise is lying to themselves.

  33. This story is so funny.. First the years Kaep was at SF the was one story after another that he was the first car in and the last car out of the 49er practice facility lot.. Sounds like he has changed a lot since hooking with his current girlfriend, “Nessa”.. Since meeting the young lady he’s gone from an adopted (white mom, black dad) kid, raised by white parents from a central valley suburb to a radicalized minister of information for all those who hate cops..

  34. This story is so funny.. First three years Kaep was at SF there was one story after another that he was the first car in and the last car out of the 49er practice facility lot.. Sounds like he has changed a lot since hooking up with his current girlfriend, “Nessa”.. Since meeting the young lady he’s gone from an adopted (white mom, black dad) kid, raised by white parents from a central valley suburb to a radicalized minister of information for all those who hate cops..

  35. Athleticism can only take you so far.

    The problem sounds a lot like teams don’t want a quarterback who won’t put in the work in the facility and who the coaches would just have to trust to “do the work at home,” which it sounds a lot like he wasn’t with how ill-prepared he was.

  36. The Niners players voted Kap the Len Eshmont Award recipient, annually given to the 49ers player who best exemplifies courage and leadership. His teammates know him better than any of us could and they spoke with their votes!

  37. Now this is comical. At first glance, I thought he was rating best all time QB’s.

    1. Brady
    2. Rodgers
    3. Manning
    4. Romo
    5. Cutler

    Anyone else that says differently is either under Rodgers desk like most packer fans would line up for, or they know nothing about football.

  38. You can try and spin this situation any way you want, but the only absolute fact is this.

    CK is not in the league because of CK. End of story, no debate.

    There is no he should be, would be, or could be. CK is not in the league because of CK.

    It is not racism, fascism, or any other “ism.” CK is not in the league because of CK.

    CK is a very rich grown ass man who made his own decisions. CK is not in the league because of CK.

    End of story, no debate !

  39. If he was a high-end talent, then he could have hijacked the game as a platform for his social activism and gotten away with it. This league has proven again and again, if you have talent, you have a place.

    He is a at best a back end of the league starter, and at worst a back-up.

    The league has clearly decided as a group they don’t want to risk alienating fans and losing money for the talent he represents. Maybe some won’t hire him on principal, but for most I would bet it’s pure economics.

    It isn’t rocket science.

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