Pete Carroll: Reports of postponement of Kaepernick workout were “blown up”

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The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award. The Seahawks, however, claim that they haven’t ruled out adding him.

We’re still battling on all fronts, on all guys,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday, via ESPN.com. “We’re still looking at guys and evaluating. There are still free agents we’re looking at and in that the process just continues. We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all.”

Two weeks ago, three different reports (from ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and PFT) indicated that a planned workout with Kaepernick was postponed after Kaepernick declined to commit to standing for the national anthem. NFL Media, partially owned by the Seahawks, reported that the Seahawks wanted to gather more information about Kaepernick’s overall plans, including his pending collusion grievance against the league.

Carroll now says that reports regarding the postponement of the workouts were “blown up.”

“I think we’ve been working at this thing for some time now,” Carroll said. “I don’t think that was really as telling as it came across. We’re really aware of him and he’s a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We don’t know that yet.”

If the reports were blown up or skewed or whatever, they weren’t embellished or exaggerated by the three different media companies that published the reports. Thus, the Seahawks if anything should be frustrated by the perception that the report that the team pulled the plug over the anthem issue ultimately traces to Kaepernick — especially since he never disavowed the reports.

Here’s the truth as it relates to Seattle’s interest, or any other team’s potential interest in Kaepernick at this point. When a former, current, or prospective employee is pursuing litigation of any kind against a company, everything done with respect to the employee has a strategic component aimed at successfully defending against the claim. Seattle’s interest likely has been dangled as an opening for a potential settlement of Kaepernick’s grievance, or possibly as a way to claim that he isn’t really serious about mitigating his damages by aggressively pursuing any and all NFL options available to him.

17 responses to “Pete Carroll: Reports of postponement of Kaepernick workout were “blown up”

  1. I’m no hawks fan. Obviously. But, this could be a slippery slope they put themselves in. If they sign him, and he (like we expect) underperforms. Their gonna definitely see backlash for cutting/Releasing him.

  2. Such a short sighted statement by a liberal that has no consideration for the obvious. He took a road that cost him his career. He chose his path. Keep spewing this crap but no person with any brain is buying it.
    “The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award” just a disgusting statement

  3. “The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award”.

    I totally agree!! Who cares if CK has no business being on a NFL field – Amnesty International gave him an award! That should be worth at least $100 million a year.

  4. “The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award.”

    1) You say that as if he has a right to play for one of the NFL’s 32 teams.

    2) What does the award have to do with his ability to play football? Or not be a distraction nor alienate fans?

  5. “The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award.”

    Mike

    What does some misguided organization’s decision to give out a “social justice” (or injustice) award have to do with whether or not Kaepenick is qualified to be an NFL QB?

  6. Kaepernick’s grievance isn’t that any team declined to sign him because of his kneeling for the anthem. His claim is that owners formed an agreement between themselves not to sign him (for whatever reason). You’re mixing apples with oranges.

  7. Seattle’s interest likely has been dangled as an opening for a potential settlement of Kaepernick’s grievance, or possibly as a way to claim that he isn’t really serious about mitigating his damages by aggressively pursuing any and all NFL options available to him.
    —————————————

    So the 2 year drum beat to get this guy a job and now when someone shows interest it’s just a way to torpedo the grievance case. Predictable and sad.

  8. How about a story about what this guy wants. Is he willing to accept a backup role? IF so, he has to accept backup money. And, he has to act like a backup – supportive of the team, quiet and non-distracting.

    Is that a role he is even interested in? My guess is that it is not. And that is a major reason why he is not signed. Keeping the grievance alive and his message is more important than playing and finding a role on a team.

  9. “The NFL continues to not give Colin Kaepernick employment, even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award.”

    What? Because of this “award” the NFL should give him a job? Come on man.

  10. I sure hope my team has some Amnesty International representation in their draft war room this weekend. That would be the secret sauce to nailing the perfect draft.

  11. “even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award.”

    Yes, because we ALL know that the premier NFL scouting and talent evaluation service is Amnesty International. One has literally NOTHING to do with the other. By your apparent standards Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize should make him a no-brainer starter.

  12. Forget results on the field and wins and losses…Amnesty International knows football and is the arbiter of who an NFL team should sign…

  13. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? An NFL team STILL hasn’t seen fit to pay Kaepernich millions and millions of dollars per year “even after Amnesty International gave him its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award.”???

    Un. Freakin’. Believable.

    What is wrong with these owners today?? No respect for such prestigious awards anymore…

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