NFLPA president: We’re ready to help Colin Kaepernick

AP

The fact that the NFL Players Association hasn’t weighed in regarding the Colin Kaepernick situation has caused some to conclude that the NFLPA has chosen not to do so. The truth seems to be that Kaepernick has asked the union to do nothing, for now.

That’s the message that screams from between the lines of comments from NFLPA president Eric Winston to Dom Cosentino of Deadspin.com.

“We’ve been in contact with Colin’s representatives, and we’ve let them know that we’re there and ready to help with whatever they’d like — whether it’s just some guidance on P.R. or whatever,” Winston said. “I know they’ve chosen to lay low, and I respect that. Every player has to make a decision on how they want the union’s help, and I completely understand that, and that’s fine. The union’s always stood ready to help him in any way that we need to. We will continue to monitor that situation, we’ll continue to do anything that we can to make sure that he has another opportunity to play. At the end of the day, that’s really it. We’re not going to force ourselves on a player. He’s calling the shots, he wants what he wants, and I respect that, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Even if the NFLPA won’t be doing anything for now, it’s clear that Winston believes something fishy is happening with Kaepernick.

“You definitely get that feeling [that he’s being blackballed] — obviously, that’s very hard to prove and it’s very hard to show. But, at the same time, for Christ’s sakes, you have an owner out there publicly saying, ‘I’m polling fans to decide whether I should have this guy on my team or not.’ It’s obvious that owners are scared of it, are worried about it.

“That’s fine. I guess that’s their business or whatever. But it kind of seems a little ridiculous to me. To act like Colin isn’t one of the top — let’s just call it 64 quarterbacks in the world right now is even more disingenuous. The fact that he’s not on a team right now, I think, kind of speaks to that. It’s kind of pretty silly.”

For the union’s perspective, the overriding question is whether the CBA is being violated. Apart from whether collusion is occurring (which as Winston acknowledges would be very hard to prove), any hesitation to employ him due to conduct that does not violate NFL rules would seem to be a violation of the disciplinary rules contained in the CBA. The comments from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti confirm that at least one team has resisted signing Kaepernick for reasons that, per the CBA, should not be a consideration.

But what would filing a grievance do for Kaepernick? Like the upcoming rally at league headquarters, such gestures will serve only to make hardened hearts and hard heads more of the same.

72 responses to “NFLPA president: We’re ready to help Colin Kaepernick

  1. There are over 100 QBs in camps now. They’re all better than Kaepernick?

    The “if he were a better QB” people are knowingly sticking their heads in the sand.

  2. Colin Kaepernick is out of the league for the exact same reason Ray Rice got pushed out of the league…

    Distraction > Talent = NO Job

    Colin Kaepernick would have to be the second coming of Tom Brady to justify a team putting up with the media circus distraction he would bring. Kaepernick’s limited talent no way justifies the drama he’d bring to a team.

  3. Solution – the members of the NFLPA can all chip in money from their own pockets and pay Kaepernick a couple million dollars per year to represent their values and to be their public “face”.

    Problem solved.

  4. “But, at the same time, for Christ’s sakes, you have an owner out there publicly saying, ‘I’m polling fans to decide whether I should have this guy on my team or not.’ It’s obvious that owners are scared of it, are worried about it.”

    You do realize that is the exact opposite of blackballing right?
    It’s about backlash not blackballing, plain and simple. Just as Kaepernick was within his rights to protest, every business owner has not just a right but an obligation to act in accordance with the best interest of their bottom line in mind. This isn’t about quarterbacks, protests or black lives, it’s about greenbacks. Business is business.

  5. Blackballed? The reason he wasn’t signed by the Dolphins is that the Cubano Miami fans would have stormed the gates had the Fins signed a dude who proudly wore a Fidel Castro shirt last year. Guy has no sense of propriety. With his limited talent, he’s got a long wait coming — rightfully so. The union can posture all they want, but this dude is not a starting NFL QB. Besides, he voided his own contract in S.F. They didn’t cut him. I’ll bet he regrets that even more than pulling his antics in pregame stuff last year.

  6. Wait a minute. Kaepernick is not a player so why should the NFLPA help him??
    It says volumes about Wilson that he can’t comment on this without talking the Lord’s name in vain.
    And, no it’s not silly that Kaepernick isn’t on a team. No one wants a back up QB who doesn’t apply himself to learning his position and and cares more about causing trouble than he does playing football.
    I wish cops, service veterans, and their families of all colors from all over the country would ban together and show up to protest the rally which is being planned for Kaepernick. Let the country see the people Kaepernick offended.
    And finally, instead of worrying about Kaepernick, Wilson would be better served to address all the NFL players who’ve been arrested or suspended in the last 5 years. That would keep him busy for the next 5 years or so.

  7. NFLPA doesn’t care if he can still play. Just another player to them.
    IF he were a good QB, he’d have a job.
    Nuff said.

  8. What about the hundreds of players that get cut from teams every summer, are they going to help them? You cannot force a team to sign and play a bad QB!

  9. oruacat2 says:
    August 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    Solution – the members of the NFLPA can all chip in money from their own pockets and pay Kaepernick a couple million dollars per year to represent their values and to be their public “face”.

    Problem solved.
    ——————————

    Were that to happen it would just be one more example of how NFL players get ripped off by bad representation. Surely they can do better than having an uniformed hypocritical ignorant clown to represent their values, although having one seems to make the owners happy so maybe you are on to something.

  10. Lmao that he opted out of a huge contract for this year. On a side note employers don’t have to hire anyone they don’t want to.

  11. He brought his politics into work and his work isn’t down with that and now he has no work….if I did the same thing I would be out of a job also so why is he any different ?

    My union can’t do a thing for me because it’s the employers decision and they are within their right to NOT hire me because I brought my politics into work

    The fact he can’t read a defense doesn’t help or the fact that the whole offense has to be designed for his limited skill set….it’s not hard to figure out why he doesn’t have a job and when his focus was more on his protest at a game instead of being ready to play at a game……he earned everything he is getting right now

  12. I hope Kaep becomes the starting QB of whatever team the majority of those white supremacists root for. That would be terrific!

  13. If he is not a DUES paying member of a current NFL team the union IMO can’t legally represent him.

  14. Where was all this hoopla and the NFLPA when Tebow’s distractions outweighed his ability to win games?

  15. There is a protest planned at the NFL offices that is aimed to pressure the NFL into getting him on a team. And here is the suggestion the NFZlPAwill get do something to get him on a team. But what? Its not like you can go to someone running their own business and say “you will hire and pay this guy for no other reason than I said so”. I know we saw that stuff on the Sopranos and stuff but in real life you cant go order someone to hire and pay a person just because. Frankly if the owners all signed a peice of paper saying they had a big meeting and agreed no one would hire him there is nothing anyone can do about it. Or, if they all are simply making their own decision that its not good for their team to hire and pay him, thats so ething they are allowed to do.

  16. goldrush36 says:

    Where was all this hoopla and the NFLPA when Tebow’s distractions outweighed his ability to win games?
    ==============================================

    The sad part is that being a vocal Christian is considered a “distraction” to some.

  17. dartwick says:
    August 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Did Florio just say the CBA prohibits owners from making hiring decisions on the basis of public opinion and popularity?

    —————————-

    Finally someone else on here noticed that!

    The one significant fact not being acknowledged here is there is a union in the NFL. There are rules that are contractually binding. If an owner violates the contract, the union does have a right to the grievance process, and thus challenging the owner’s actions.

  18. I think Squidward is being “low key” because the NFL knew this situation was coming and took the appropriate measures to protect themselves. Somewhere out there is enough tangible evidence to quash any potential law suit or human rights violation complaint. Someone made him an offer or there are back issues with his previous behavior and contracts that would turn the court against him.

    I don’t think it’s coincidence that the league hired his former G.M. and sworn enemy Trent Baalke in some sort of nebulous “consulting” capacity. Trent has all the dirt on Squid, and the fraudulent toad knows it. Baalke’s hiring was a shot across the bow.

  19. abninf says:
    August 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm
    goldrush36 says:

    Where was all this hoopla and the NFLPA when Tebow’s distractions outweighed his ability to win games?
    ==============================================

    The sad part is that being a vocal Christian is considered a “distraction” to some.
    —————————————————————-

    Not really. It’s pretty common knowledge that 99.9% of the time politics and religion don’t mix with the workplace. Doesn’t matter who you pray to or how you do it.

  20. Dont have too much support for Kaep. He is making all these statements and stances yet he didnt even take the time to vote, enough said.

  21. Isn’t it ironic…

    …that the anti-Kaep side says he’s a distraction and they don’t want politics in football. But they are the ones politicizing this issue by posting all over social media (and even contacting team owners like Bisciotti of the Ravens) and claiming they will boycott the NFL if Kaep is signed. #hypocritical

  22. He will never get another NFL job again not because of the protest but because of the spectacle it has become. CK is hated by a lot of people because of the arrogance of his uninformed opinions. A lot of the men he was protesting for broke the law and attacked officers and were justly shot and killed. On the other hand he praised Castro who would kill his people who broke no laws at all. SMH. All CK did was help fuel these hate filled riot rallies for criminals who were justifiably shot by police. Make no mistake this shouldn’t be considered a human rights case, and CK shouldn’t be considered a civil rights hero. not only has CK not helped in this matter he actually has further widen the gap between Police and the black community.

  23. Imagine the shrieking from Marxist Social Justice Warriors and Black Supremacists if Kaepernick had been deployed as punt protector to mock him and try to get him injured, like Tebow was in 2012!

  24. Its real simple

    Colin is not a good QB + Distraction = No job

    Sorry, but you’re judge by the company you keep and your actions in life. Lets move on.

  25. maestro1899 says:
    August 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm
    Isn’t it ironic…

    …that the anti-Kaep side says he’s a distraction and they don’t want politics in football. But they are the ones politicizing this issue by posting all over social media (and even contacting team owners like Bisciotti of the Ravens) and claiming they will boycott the NFL if Kaep is signed. #hypocritical

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    This is so wrong it can never be right.
    The left politicized this issue with false statements and no facts. Kaepernick picked up on it and brought it into the NFL’s house. Any and all response to his false assertions in the context of the NFL is a direct result of Kaepernick himself and his champions in the media here and a famous one on another sports/football site. Anyone who follows football must have come across this site and the author I am referring to. Recently this guy says Kaepernick is better than Carson Palmer.
    It’s already political and the left made it so. They want to stain the NFL, which most people use as a distraction from this stuff, so it’s entirely their fault. While right and wrong have become more relative than they ever have been in the USA, we can safely say that this type of comment is wrong. #micdropped

  26. goldrush36 says:
    August 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    Where was all this hoopla and the NFLPA when Tebow’s distractions outweighed his ability to win games?

    ——————-
    Tebow wasnt a good QB either. In the end thats what decided things for him as much as it has been for Kaep. I donr care what postion a guy stands up for, unless they are a good football player they dont belong on a professional football team.

  27. Cutler got 10million. Yes correct. Miami should sign a guy who supports Castro?? Im sure the Cuban pollution in Miami would live that! Duh!

  28. Too bad if he is being “blackballed;” it is nothing more than he deserves. There is nothing in law that requires an organization to hire someone who brings trouble and turmoil to the organization. Hiring this arrogant clown would be nothing but trouble for whatever team decided to take a chance with him. HE decided to show his ass to the American public now he has to live with the results of hs actions. Too bad . . . . .so sad!

  29. The KKK is having a violent revival, and meanwhile, the mouth breathers are all huffy about a guy not standing for the Anthem. The right wing’s priorities are just a little out of order.

  30. Kaep is just another snowflake who needs his coloring books and therapy dogs to make himself feel better.

  31. Anyone who says “right wing” or “left wing” or “alt-right” or “alt-left” or “libtard” or “Trumpanzee” or “Obummer” or “Killery” or “fascist” when referring to people one opposes politically is part of the problem.

  32. Kaepernick’s immediate problem is he’s a QB. If he played any other position he probably would be on a team. A QB is different because to be successful it requires football to be a priority in their life.A QB must be a leader and set an example to the rest of the team for them to give this same commitment.

  33. I didn’t buy Levis jeans because he played in Levis Stadium. I will not buy anything advertised in a game he plays in and will let advertisers know that

  34. What are they going to do get him a job at McDonald’s? His destiny is arena football, or Canadian football where his talents are more compatible.

  35. Disingenuous is schilling for Kaepernick and not Greg Hardy. Both were kicked out of the league for their words and behavior. Hardy is clearly the better talent. Can the NFLPA force the owners to hate domestic violence, hate cops, hate America, and love Castro? You need to fit all of that to want Kaep but not Hardy.

    What if Biscotti meant to say: I don’t want to hire this twitter scumbag but let’s see if the fans all want him? Would that make liberals feel better about his inability to land a job for the 4-8 teams who have a need AND think their team should have a second offensive system for the backup? If you think he fits in systems and personnel like LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Miami, Tampa, Tennessee, Arizona, Carolina, Green Bay, Chicago, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philly, KC, Houston, Seattle, Atlanta, Giants, San Francisco, or New England than you are beyond stupid. If you think he leads the Jets to the playoffs then you are brain dead.

    Jacksonville( if they move on from Bortles), Indy (if they think Luck is out this year), DC (if they don’t want to keep Cousins), Dallas (unless they think they get Romo back if Dak gets hurt), and Buffalo (unless they like Jones) are about the only teams who should consider him before they deal with his resume which is just “I hate America” written in crayon on Castro stationery.

    Disingenuous or ignorant defines all Kaep supporters. There is no labor law saying you have to love Colin like Nessa does.

  36. Cracks me up when people say stuff like, “there are 100 qbs in the NFL, are you saying they are all better than kaepernick”

    Darrell freaking revis doesn’t have a job, and he is a hall of fame cb. Where are the hourly threads for Revis and Tebow. Btw Malcolm Jackson is still protesting the anthem like a horrible human. He still has a job.

  37. He probably is one of the best 64 QBs. That doesn’t mean a team has to or even should sign him. The owners will do what is best for their own and their teams interests.

  38. Just because the CBA dictates punishment for certain actions while a player is employed by a team that doesn’t mean that is a violation of the CBA for an individual team to choose not to employ a player for other actions. Think what you want on whether those teams are right or not to employ Kaepernick but it’s not a CBA violation.

  39. There are a couple reasons Cutler was selected to be the dolphins Qb and Kap wasn’t considered, Cutler already knows the offense as he played in it for 2 years. Karl’s play deteriorated to the point where he isn’t worth the ass pain he causes. He opted out of 14 or 16 million guarantee, which clearly showed he was clueless to his value. If he could play, he’s on a roster.

  40. What it all boils down to for me is this: Colin Kaepernick didn’t start protesting until he lost his starting job. He might have more credibility if he’d done it when he was at his apex (you can’t really say he was ‘on top’). I support his right to protest, but I support the teams’ right not to facilitate it if they don’t want to. They don’t want to.

  41. Today more and more people are fearing for their lives. This country used to be home for anybody/everybody. We were a beacon to the world, a light where you could go and be safe. What this country stood for…….is no longer our motto. This country has lost its way. Sad.
    Kap is one of the many.

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