Schefter: Roger Goodell “feels bad” about Colin Kaepernick situation

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With the Colin Kaepernick case by all appearances closed, the NFL has opened it up again, scheduling a Saturday working with all 32 teams invited without seeking Kaepernick’s input before the session was set. The reasons for the decision remain unclear. Adam Schefter of ESPN has addressed the motivation for the workout.

“I think Roger Goodell, there’s a part of him, the Commissioner, that feels bad about the way that this has unfolded,” Schefter said on ESPN. “And I think that he believes that he must do his part to try to get a workout for Colin Kaepernick, to try to get interviews with Colin Kaepernick, to try to do his part to get Colin Kaepernick in front of teams.

“Now Roger Goodell cannot make teams sign a quarterback himself, and we’ve seen what has transpired in recent months and years where nobody has brought him in to visit [editor’s note: the Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit], nobody has worked him out, and he essentially has been persona non grata with the NFL. This is a reversal of that with the league office. This is the league office stepping in to try to make sure that Colin Kaepernick . . . has a chance to show to teams what he can’t do, what he can do, what his level of interest is in returning, how much he’d like to be back in football. And, again, the NFL can’t make a team sign him I don’t think, but it can arrange something like this that really turns into Colin Kaepernick’s Pro Day.”

Dan Patrick said on Wednesday’s installment of his show that a source has told him Goodell felt pressured to do this, but the source declined to explain the basis for that pressure.

My guess continues to be that the league’s lawyers fear a second lawsuit from Kaepernick, which would argue that the teams individually and collectively (with or without proof of actual collusion) have frozen him out in retaliation for his grievance that was settled for payment reportedly in the range of $1 million to $10 million.

If Goodell were simply trying to make amends, he would do so without fanfare or a spotlight. He would work the back channels, finding one or more teams that would give Kaepernick a normal, traditional workout in exchange for whatever gets traded when these backroom deals occur. It’s widely believed that Goodell did precisely that when cajoling the Rams to draft Michael Sam in 2014. Peter King reported in September of that year that, after the Rams cut Sam, the league called multiple teams in an effort to get Sam on a practice squad.

If Goodell were simply trying to make amends, he would agree to Kaepernick’s request that the workout happen on a Tuesday, or at a minimum that it happen on a Saturday later than three days from now.

Schefter calls the upcoming session “Colin Kaepernick’s Pro Day.” But head coaches and General Managers regularly attend Pro Day workouts. On Saturday, head coaches (except for those on a bye) will be preparing for games — and most General Managers will be scouting college football players. The NFL world simply won’t stop spinning for a first-of-its-kind, in-season veteran player workout.

The league office knows this, or it should. Either way, proceeding under these circumstances shows that the workout is about anything but making things right with a player who has been wronged since becoming a free agent in March 2017.

The fact that Schefter characterizes the looming workout as a “reversal” by the league office confirms that the persistent bias against Kaepernick extended to and/or emanated from 345 Park Avenue. There’s no reason to believe that the bias has suddenly evaporated.

51 responses to “Schefter: Roger Goodell “feels bad” about Colin Kaepernick situation

  1. He hurt my feelings. But I’m manly. I’ll make up my own facts because I have no control over my emotions.

  2. Perhaps Goodell isn’t quietly helping him out because A) Kap has done nothing to deserve a low key helping hand and B) it is unlikely Kap would ever acknowledge the league did anything to help him, because that would harm Kap’s victimhood status.

  3. He should.

    Just another example of a man who chooses not to follow the direction of his CONSCIENCE.

    With time the guilt will go away, and the chance for you to do what is right will come again.


  4. Wow… Schefter got a hefty kickback for this one…
    But something else is afoot for this plan by the NFL to be executed so swiftly…

  5. Really? He brought this on himself! The person he should “ feel sorry for “ is TB12 the GOAT who he falsely accused of cheating, when in fact all that happened were the laws of physics caused pressure to be lost in footballs.
    In fact he should apologize to TB12, after all the NFL did admit in FEDERAL COURT they had no evidence!

  6. You have to hand it to Kaepernick – we just cannot get rid of him for good, he manages to stick around like a very bad rash.

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we’ll have to endure his nonsense seemingly forever. SMH.

  7. It’s very possible they Colin started to ask his lawyer or other lawyers about a follow up lawsuit. This may be a pre-emptive strike against that lawsuit. Or it could be the league is doing it without Colin planning to sue again. In either case, this effectively ends it once and for all.

  8. Regardless of the stigma, the NFL should not be in the business of scheduling pro days.. Opening up a can of worms here… Next up.. Antonio Brown….

  9. It is a law of human nature: Actions have consequences!
    He was well aware of the ramifications of his deeds and chose to go ahead with them anyway.. lived with it!

  10. I’m neither a CK supporter or hater. But isn’t the NFL setting a bad precedent here? If I’m a QB, or any other position player for that matter, who is no longer on an NFL team, I’m saying “Hey NFL, can you set up a workout for me so I can showcase my skills too?” And if the answer is “no”, which it would likely be, I’m wondering if I should be suing the NFL too.

  11. Isnt Colin too busy making the world a better place for everyone to be playing a silly sport like football?

  12. There is still no reasonable explanation for why he isn’t on a roster now. He’s light-years better than half the QBs in the league.

  13. This whole thing started because Kaep was sulking over being named backup to Blaine Gabbert week 1 of that season. Where did the camera catch him? Slumping while sitting on the bench in that first week. It had absolutely nothing to do with social injustice in America. Kudos to him, his girlfriend, and agent for flipping it into what it has become. He accepted a substantial settlement to settle the collusion lawsuit. Now you have to realize that the NFL is a business. They already paid him money for nothing. If you or I filed a lawsuit against our employer/potential employer and settled said lawsuit for a substantial amount of money do you honestly believe they would ever pay you to actually work there again? Yeah, not gonna happen. This story needs to die, the whole Kaep story in general. Continue with the social injustice cause, help people if you can and are willing to do so, but the NFL angle and all of the charades behind it are beyond played out.

  14. This is a failed attempt by Jay-Z to un-ring the bell caused by his ‘end to social injustice’,he so publicly declared, was over.”Time to get off your knees and move on”, he famously said. His fingerprints are on this.

    Now he’s trying restore his place in the black community, where is viewed as a sellout. This move creates more questions than it answers. Jay-Z hides behind his pal Roger, but the bottomline is that racial injustice has not been addressed and Jay-Z is richer for it.

    The idea that Kaepernick is not of NFL quality, belies the fact of what we all witness each Thursday/Sunday/Monday. There are two losers here. 1) efforts against social injustice and 2) three years of Colin Kaepernick’s prime years.

    After the try-out, what happens? Do we think any team(not already decided on) will sign him? This really smells like a PR stunt to me.

  15. Rarely do I agree with the proclamations served up by Steven A bit this is clearly a result of Jay Z’s influence. Wouldn’t it be interesting if few teams showed up. That will of course serve to reignite the fires of Kap the Victim.

    My guess is there will be teams there having been goaded by the Comish to be there or else.

  16. Why does he feel guilty? Kaep did this to himself. He could have apologized for the pig socks. Could have apologized for the Castro T short. Could have acknowledged that some cops are good people who try and do good in the community. There is a lot that Kaep could have done to fix his own situation but he chose not to. Goodell has no reason to feel bad.

  17. This guy just doesn’t get it. He isnt talented enough for a team to put up with the bad publicity and backlash that would come with signing him.

  18. This is nothing more than Schefter carrying water for the NFL, as is his wont and that of ESPN in general. Nothing new here.

  19. smarter than you says:
    November 13, 2019 at 10:43 am
    He hasn’t been wronged, any more than Tebow was wronged. Get over it.


    I couldn’t care less about Tebow’s or Kaep’s off-the-field situations, but have you actually compared their performances? Kaep wasn’t a great QB, but he was light years ahead of Tebow.

    If Tebow was “wronged,” it was because he couldn’t ever hack it at the NFL level. There are unsigned backup-caliber QBs in the NFL now that make Tebow look bad.

  20. The only teams that are going to show up are the ones who are hoping to land a Super Bowl in the next 5-6 years after we get through the already announced ones of the next few years. Imagine how that works?

  21. This is ridiculous. On what planet should an employer help an employee who sued them? Better believe Antonio Brown’s team is watching this closely. I would not be surprised if they site the NFL assisting Kaep with workouts if teams don’t sign him. What a can of worms this is going to open.

  22. Where is manziel try out? I actually could say he putnoffort into getting back into football, he wasn’t too good for the start up leagues. Manziel also hasn’t been sitting at home for 5 years or sued his employer and dragged them through the mud creating mountains of bad publicity. They shouldn’t do him any favors.

  23. Who cares. He hasn’t played in nearly three years, he wore a T-shirt idolizing Fidel Castro, and he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. There’s no way he could contribute to a team this year and if he were any good he would have been on a 90-man roster early in the year.

  24. Why does America continue to be filled with so many hate filled people? It’s really never going to change, no matter which side you’re on. The funny thing is that… The hatred that many of you show for this man was at the root of the protest in the first place… Because people with much more power and responsibility than you, believe and harbor the same hatred that you espouse.🤦🏿‍♂️

  25. the persistent bias against Kaepernick extended to and/or emanated from 345 Park Avenue. There’s no reason to believe that the bias has suddenly evaporated.

    “I’d like to see it. Frankly I’d love to see Kaepernick come in, if he’s good enough. If he’s good enough they’d hire him.”

    —August 9th when a WH reporter ask the President about CK possibly returning to the NFL.
    That’s some serious bias going on there.

  26. The only thing Goodell feels bad about is having to settle the collusion case for millions. This not to make amends but to hopefully avoid any future law suits by Kap since the NFL “attempted” to help him find a job.

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