Seahawks push more nuanced version of the cancellation of Kaepernick’s workout

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ESPN and PFT report that Colin Kaepernick‘s workout with the Seahawks was scrapped because the team asked Kaepernick to commit to ending his practice of kneeling during the anthem. NFL Network, owned and operated by the NFL and its 32 teams, understandably is pushing a different version of the events.

Says Ian Rapoport of NFL Network: “The Seahawks did postpone a tentatively scheduled workout with Colin Kaepernick, as Adam Schefter reported. It was not because he said he declined to stop kneeling, tho. The team asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan. . . . Seahawks brass, John Schneider and Pete Carroll, want Colin Kaepernick to consider how he wants to proceed on everything (not just anthem) and get together at a later date when his plans are formed. Clearly, Seattle has accepted players speaking out for what they believe.”

It’s a stark contrast to the ESPN/PFT reporting, and the fact that it’s coming from a media company owned and operated by the league raises obvious questions. That said, the team may be trying to use the potential employment of Kaepernick as a way to set the stage for a global resolution of the issue, including but not limited to a settlement of his collusion grievance.

Not long after the grievance was filed, attorney Mark Geragos suggested that he’d go away if a team gave Kaepernick a job. Now that the case is being built (and potentially beginning to take a shape that suggests trouble for the league), the olive branch from the Seahawks may have been part of an effort to take Geragos up on his offer, belatedly, with Kaepernick, the Seahawks, and the NFL having a clear understanding as to all issues between them before Kaepernick signs.

If that was the intended message, it apparently backfired. Maybe Kaepernick, looking for a way to bolster his case, heard what he wanted to hear. Maybe the Seahawks, realizing that they’d potentially stepped in it, have tried to make a bad move seem better.

Whatever the actual truth, the pending collusion grievance has sprouted another branch that will require full exploration by both sets of lawyers before a final decision can be reached.

72 responses to “Seahawks push more nuanced version of the cancellation of Kaepernick’s workout

  1. This is his attempt to create chaos in the NFL from the inside out. He truly has no real intention of playing. He just wants a continued reason to sue the NFL. He and his handlers are trying to liberalize the league. It started with Michael Sam. The NBA is liberal and the left wants the most popular sport in America as “woke” as basketball is.
    As a Black man I can CLEARLY see this is not about social issues. This is an attempt to liberalize society using the NFL as a conduit.
    Kaepernick fools no one.

  2. Bye bye Seattle and your ridiculously overrated bandwagon fans. On the bright side tix are about to be a whole lot cheaper since your home stadium is about to be half empty like it was for the first 35 years of your sorry existence before you luckily stumbled across a few great players and created the LAUGHABLE nickname for yourselves, the 12tth man. You do realize how lame it is to give yourself a nickname right? Just ask T-bone Costanza

  3. It would be sort of funny if the Seahawks, who have probably been the most tolerant of any team on player protests, actually tried to step up and rescue this situation only to give CK more ammo. The irony is that, even if there was no collusion before, it would seem that there was collusion in the efforts to resolve the situation.

  4. Most people don’t see a problem with reasonable people deciding individually that the value Colin brings is less than the problems he brings – so they arent interesting in hiring him.

    The league has nothing to gain by collectively banning him from the sport. In fact, i would encourage one of my competitors to sign him – because of the drama he would bring to their team.

    Much ado about nothing…

  5. I have no problem and support the player protests and their right to exercise freedom of speech. But I also can’t see a problem with a business owner who doesn’t want an employee that angers approximately half their customers. That’s basic economics and business 101.

    Owners have rights just as much as the players do, its as simple as that. The fact is that none of the other players who protested wore police pig socks and did the other things Kap did beyond the on field protests to alienate fans. Had he not done that he would probably be on a team at this point.

  6. Regardless of views on kneeling, Ian Rapoport coming in here with some of the most transparent, cover-the-ass-of-my-employer reporting of all time. He can never be upset when people question the legitimacy of his reporting when he’s constantly just protecting league interests with the narratives he creates.

    Again, separating opinion on the ethics of a team asking about kneeling before hiring someone (I think it’s fine to ask), what exactly does it mean when he says, ‘the team is asking for a firm plan and waiting to hear Kaep’s plan?’ Uh, obviously it’s in relation to kneeling / the collusion grievance.

  7. I’m pretty sure that Kap’s lawyer said “give him a job at 14mil and this goes away” — because he declined several offers at 2mil and here we are…

  8. A legit concern by the Seahawks, if indeed their real focus.

    I’m a fan of kneeling and the entire BLM movement, but Kap has done a disservice to the movement by wearing those pig socks and I cannot easily move past that. He’s also done a disservice to his football career by staying silent on his wishes to return to football.

    Fewer people liked Johnny Manziel yet here he is, talking up a storm in the media, his agent fighting for him in the eyes of the public, and even playing in that awful spring league to prove he’s trying to play football. What’s Kap done to prove he truly wants to be playing football right now? I don’t care if he gets a job or not, and I don’t care if he wins his collusion case or not. He’s his own worst enemy.

    I personally wouldn’t hire this man until he apologizes for his socks. The same way I wouldn’t have hired Baker Mayfield after saying he’d fight a GM if that guy punched him in the face. That’s the persona you put on when you represent a billion dollar organization? No, if somebody assaults you you call the police like a normal person. Which is why Kap needs to apologize.

  9. Just as Kaepernick has a right to kneel, his prospective employer (the Seahawks or any other team) has a right not to hire him if it goes against their business model or concerns of impact on their “product”.

  10. Mr. Florio-
    With all do respect, you made a great career decision moving from law to media. You give great insight but you would have more Losses than Wins.
    It’s okay to be far left but clearly, the fans have spoken and the owner have listened. Protesting is one slice of the Kap Pie, Pig Socks was a punch in the gut to the good men and women who protect and serve. You defending this guy as much as you do is starting to feel like another gut punch to the good guys. We cannot characterize a person of color who does something wrong to all persons of color. You cannot make a stand that cops are pigs…

  11. How is it collusion when they asked him to his face? Seems like they were interested in Kaepernick the backup quarterback, but when they were offered Kaepernick the protester they “passed” on him.

  12. Bye bye Seattle and your ridiculously overrated bandwagon fans. On the bright side tix are about to be a whole lot cheaper since your home stadium is about to be half empty like it was for the first 35 years of your sorry existence
    ======

    Hi,

    You missed us. Or perhaps you weren’t alive.

    – The 1980s

  13. How did the Seahawks get pulled into this eventful Santa Clara news day? Foster charges brought down, facing bigtime suspension. Ex Clara QB suing the league, Clara doesn’t want anything to do with him but Seattle getting microscoped over possibly bringing him in a second time for interview/workout?

  14. “Now that the case is being built (and potentially beginning to take a shape that suggests trouble for the league)”

    Aside from you writing this general statement constantly on this website, can you offer any specifics of how this is taking shape that suggests trouble? I’ve heard absolutely zero evidence or facts in that regard, but you wrote it, so you must have some specifics. Please share…

  15. The story that never dies. It seems reasonable to ask him how he plans to proceed and how he plans to keep this from becoming a distraction to the team. If his answer is something along the lines of I’m just gonna do my thing and let the chips fall where they may, he’s got a problem. Because no one is going to sign up for this particular mess

  16. Collusion? Give me a friggen break. Let’s be really clear and make this as simple as possible for some. NFL owners are billionaires and some of the richest people alive. Why? Maybe because they are some of the smartest. Smarter then me, you, or anyone who reads this. They don’t/won’t hire this clown because he will effect their pocket books. Anyone that thinks it’s anything other then a BUSINESS decision seriously needs to get a life or education. Now Florio do us all a favor and go find something to write about that actually has substance.

  17. “Not long after the grievance was filed, attorney Mark Geragos suggested that he’d go away if a team gave Kaepernick a job.”

    Maybe its just me but I hear that as saying the whole thing is just a cheap blackmail attempt rather than being about any civil rights question. Especially when the protest started as pouting on the gench over a lost job it really comes accross like this is all just dirty pool to get given something that he cant just earn.

  18. Nuanced? This is BS, not nuance. There isn’t an unemployed person in the universe who can say they have firm plans about anything. Kaepernick is a better player than a lot of guys who started games last year. He’s being blackballed for speaking up for what’s right in an entirely appropriate way, I’d be proud to see him kneeling in a Jets jersey.

  19. There is no collusion case here. Collusion means all owners are working together to keep Kaepernick from joining a team. I’m pretty sure each owner can think for themselves whether signing Kaep is a net positive or negative. In other words, are his off field antics worth what he can contribute on a football field. The answer appears to be no even though some teams have scheduled interviews/workouts.

  20. Asked to explain his future plan regarding his commitment towards continued protesting or alternatively, working to improve the team? His lack of or No response meant delay in moving forward with process. If he comes back later with the Wrong answer it means he has no chance of being hired. Seems very business like. Good job Seahawks!!

  21. Global issue ???? Only people kneeling are NFL football players. Every sport on the rest of the globe all players stand. So they asked the question or maybe they didn’t. Kaepernick has been known for getting people riled up. I see no issue other then Kaepernick is probably never going to play another day for the NFL. No biggie

  22. They get one just one super bowl win in how many years ?and it was 4 years ago, yet they runs their mouths as if they had 5 championships,,,,,,

  23. So could an NFL team not ask Johnny Manziel if he’s going to stop partying too? It’s pretty sad when you can’t even ask anyone about their behavior before giving them a job. I’d be willing to bet PFT wouldn’t hire someone with behavioral issues.

  24. Seems to me him telling the NFLPA to back off when they wanted to help him will be a pretty big blow to his end game. Of you really wanted to play you would embrace the union’s support. Not to mention Nessa blowing what looked like an imminent deal with Baltimore.

  25. Who cares if teams want to ask about this or not sign a player because of it. Teams have every right to ask about players kneeling or any other protests players want to do while being on the clock.

    Players have a great platform due to the sports popularity, but that does not give them the right to protest during the games. At that time, they are no longer representing themselves, they are representing the team they play for and the NFL.

    I was in the Navy and am a huge supporter of anybody demonstrating their freedom of speech (whether I agree with the cause or not), but with that in mind, employees of any company do not have the right to protest while representing the company they work for.

  26. I don’t think any normal person would mind if asked at a job interview would they protest at work and create a distraction. This idiot needs to just go away.

  27. This guy’s circus has cost his friend, Eric Reid, a guy who actually believes in what he’s doing and is a much better football player, a job in the NFL.

  28. I don’t think all interviews should be created equal…if the guy across from you is asking for 10 million a year you should be able to ask whatever you want vs. the person who’s answering phones for minimum wage.

  29. EXACTLY, how is this collusion case gaining strength? I don’t see it. Is the league colluding against Johnny Manzel too? There is ZERO reason to collude on such a point. They just seem to be of similar opinion and we have seen it happen to player after player for periods of their career. Some get back in-when the problem goes away with apology and commitment to stop the behavior. This is silly. And even sillier that these guys have such a far leftist view of all things Kaep.

  30. Rope has been replaced by 9mm & .40 caliber semiautomatic handguns. Like in Sacramento, have any of you asked why those in the helicopter did NOT illuminate the area??? Then, maybe those officers would have seen a cell phone instead of a gun, like they claimed Stephon Clark was moving towards them with, in hand.

    Again, the memorial in Montgomery, AL, opens April 26, 2018. ‘Sunday best’ attire is optional.

  31. Lets say there is a player out there that uses the nfl post game media interviews as a platform to profess certain conservative views 1. marriage was between man & woman 2. no sex before marriage 3. you know about babies etc… and this guy is without a nfl job and in his nfl interview a team asks him whether he will use his nfl media interviews to profess the message he believes in or stick to the game,
    do you think
    1. he should not be asked the question
    2. should he continue to spread his message using the nfl media interviews

  32. How does Seattle not signing Colin Kaepernick because of the kneeling issue bolster his collusion case? His grievance is that there was an agreement between teams not to sign him. Thirty-two teams could each say that that they were not interested in him because of the kneeling, but that still wouldn’t be proof any agreement made between the teams.

  33. its amazing how many of these comments show just how racist some people can be. I am shocked that so many Americans think today, it is ok to be racist.
    I am not religious, I take no offense when I see people kneeling in prayer before a game, neither do I take offense when the anthem is playing and people are talking, milling about in the concession area.
    I see senators and congressmen using portable devices during sessions when the anthem is playing
    But
    let a black man, peacefully protest, a horror that is being committed daily on the streets of America and all hell breaks loose,
    Then again – these same people hated Martin Luther King

  34. You reap what you sow, Kaepernick.

    He had a perfectly good opportunity to make a comeback and blew it. An employer can refuse employment of a candidate so long as it isn’t discriminatory. He’s bad PR and bad for business – that’s why he doesn’t have a job and never will again.

  35. Personally, I think it more likely that the Seahawks asked Colin Kaepernick to consider how he wants to proceed on reading a defense, and everything just fell apart at that point…

  36. Muhammad Ali was demonized when he took a stand and Kap will stand on the side of truth and justice against evil and malice. A true American hero.

  37. The anthem doesn’t belong in sports-
    sports is an entertainment venue
    the Anthem is patriotic and should be viewed in Patriotic Venues.
    Take all this extra stuff out of the game and just play

  38. stvvon says:
    April 12, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    Good, I’m tired of seeing these millionaire individuals disrespect this great country.

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    This is where we differ. Because I dont have a problem with it. They have a right to their thoughts. They have a right to voice them when they are representing as a citizen and not as part of an organization. What I have not understood is where anyone thinks any of that has anything to do with what an employer can dictate as workplace behavior that has bearing on how the organization is represented.

    Picture if an owner felt strongly about the protest and said that all players were required to kneel. They have that right and the players would be required to comply. If they thought for a minute that it would boost viewership/revenue I think they would too.

  39. Or your initial report was hastily worded to fan the flames, and a reasonable clarification of the conversation pulled the rug out from under you…

  40. When I interview people to work at my company I always look for ones who are focused on other things while on the job and have the potential to tick off my customer base. The National Protest league has made it’s bed.

  41. It is ok for a black player to sacrifice their body, risk their health, suffer brain damage and die at a very early age it is fine as it makes the league money. But if they do not say what the league wants them too they are not allowed to work.

    Quite simply the league is forcing players to stand for the national anthem and advocate beliefs they may or may not believe in. Not only is this unamerican and against everything our forefathers and soldiers fought for it treats these black man as slaves who are not worthy of having their own opinion.

    I applaud Kaepernick. There is no more true American than Collin Kaepernick. He risked his livelihood, his reputation, his good name and his future economic well being to stand up for others that cannot fight for themselves. To call attention to perceived injustice. He is a true American hero and there is no one in the NFL that has made a greater sacrifice or paid a higher price than him. We should all thank him for thinking of others before himself. In a sport that celebrates and honors only greed he is a rare hero. /applause.

  42. maxman99 says:
    April 12, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    Bye bye Seattle and your ridiculously overrated bandwagon fans. On the bright side tix are about to be a whole lot cheaper since your home stadium is about to be half empty like it was for the first 35 years of your sorry existence before you luckily stumbled across a few great players and created the LAUGHABLE nickname for yourselves, the 12tth man. You do realize how lame it is to give yourself a nickname right? Just ask T-bone Costanza

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    Um, some people don’t know football, qwest/century link has been sold out since forever bro

  43. There were over a 1000 murders in Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore. That’s over a 1000 families whose world was turned upside down. And don’t even ask who killed most of them. Where’s the memorial for the families? Oh yeah, I forgot. That doesn’t fit the hate agenda. Oh, and Sunday attire for the victim’s families is optional.

  44. If a condition of his employment with a team is to stand for the national anthem, then that’s what he needs to abide by. If he’s not willing, that’s his choice. But then its also the choice of a prospective employer to pass on hiring him.

    This is no different than the millions of other job interviews that take place where how an employee answers certain questions or explains how they will handle certain situations usually determines whether they get hired or not.

  45. “…want Colin Kaepernick to consider how he wants to proceed on everything (not just anthem)” Everything? So, what has Kaep done so much damage to? Was it the 1 million of his own money that he donated to community organizations? People should really get over themselves and their fake patriotism and maybe spend energy on criticizing the NFL for accepting millions from the military, their treatment of domestic violence, and their resistane to responding to major issues related to head injuries.

  46. As a close friend of the organization….

    OK I am totally kidding. But I do think this is (again) much ado about nothing. Several Seahawks have knelt with zero repercussions. I think Carroll even linked arms once if I recall. So I don’t think it is about that.

    I think it is a good question for them to ask how he is going to handle….life if he gets hired. With all respect to Jason’s comment – and I agree with the good he has done, more than most – the potential of a circus when he comes on board deserves an answer as to his maturity and how it will affect the team if it does. I think I agree with NFL’s explanation.

  47. Seattle leads the league in Anti-Americans so if he lands anywhere it should be with Petey where the inmates do run the prison. Pete lied and cheated his way through coaching USC and left them with a big mess of NCAA violations so this is easy for him. Get as many guys on this team that disrespect the flag and the country and maybe you’ll be able to lure more in free agency next year.They may even take the hometown discount if Pete lets them flash a moon at the flag pole during the anthem.

  48. Freedom of speech and the right to protest comes with a price in this country if the majority of the country is against what your protesting! Kap should not be surprised but I applaud that he won’t change his positions just for a job.

  49. You can’t dictate your employers standards. You can’t expect to insult your employers customers and come out of it unscathed. The left is truly brain damaged.

  50. its laughable the media actually believe the football people give a rip about Mark Gregaros…like coaches and GM’s are now considering Kap because of legal pressure.

    stupid. Kap is done, plain and simple

  51. Yeah. Whatever the truth is right. It doesn’t matter. The employer doesn’t have to hire anybody they don’t want too period. Whatever the reason is. Kaepernick and other players chose to kneel. Now the owners are choosing not to sign them. It’s pretty simple. I sure hope that the Owners and the NFL dont cave.

  52. First, I am extremely suspect that of all organizations the Seahawks would “require a player to stand” during the national anthem. We do not have that kind of ownership, or market that it matters all that much.

    Second, we are in need of a strong backup QB for which if close to his last year form Kap would be an ideal fit. However one of the most important roles for a Backup QB is to not overshadow the rest of the team. They are not the leader of the team until they might be required to be.

    Finally, it would make a ton of sense to say this to Kap straight up and say if you are cool with this role and have a plan on how you will fit these needs we would love to hire you. This assumes he wants a backup role for backup money (he didn’t take it last year from us either so…)

  53. Do you think Baltimore signs RGIII to be the backup if he has plans to protest and bring that amount of attention to himself and the Ravens…..as a backup QB? Uhhh no. The team’s chances of on field success with that kind of distraction coming from a guy not expected to play a down in the regular season are 0%. This is why Kaepernick will not ever be on a team’s sideline.

  54. razzledazzle420 says:

    All of these conservatives in the comment sections couldnt be more triggered by this story
    =====================================================

    The triggering is on the left because Kaepernick will never play again. And it’s your side who came up with the term “triggered”.

  55. RGIII was signed by the Ravens. Kaep was not because Kaep let his girlfriend call the Ravens owner a slave-master.

    The only difference between the two is that Kaep would rather cause division than play football. He seems to still think it is 2016.

  56. Jay Sagatti says:

    April 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    This is his attempt to create chaos in the NFL from the inside out. He truly has no real intention of playing. He just wants a continued reason to sue the NFL. He and his handlers are trying to liberalize the league. It started with Michael Sam. The NBA is liberal and the left wants the most popular sport in America as “woke” as basketball is.
    As a Black man I can CLEARLY see this is not about social issues. This is an attempt to liberalize society using the NFL as a conduit.
    Kaepernick fools no one.
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    BIngo!!! Divide and conquer is the goal!

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