Roger Goodell: Colin Kaepernick chose not to take incredible opportunity

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hadn’t talked publicly since Colin Kaepernick’s failed workout last month. He didn’t seem interested to talk about it Wednesday.

Goodell said the league has “moved on” after Kaepernick “chose not to take” an “incredible opportunity.”

“I haven’t thought about this in a few weeks,” Goodell said. “This was, as I’ve said to you before, about creating an opportunity. Which Colin’s representatives came out in early October [with a list of false narratives about Kaepernick], and we created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, incredible opportunity, and he chose not to take it. I understand that. And, you know, we’ve moved on.”

The league hastily arranged a workout for Kaepernick at the Falcons’ training facility on Nov. 16. The workout was doomed from the start with sniping between the league and Kaepernick’s representatives.

Kaepernick ended up working out at a high school field an hour from the Falcons’ facility, and only seven teams attended.

The Lions, Chiefs, Jets, Eagles, 49ers, Titans and Washington watched Kaepernick workout. It was the first time he has thrown in front of NFL scouts since he opted out of his contract in March 2017 before the 49ers released him.

Kaepernick has received no offers since.

99 responses to “Roger Goodell: Colin Kaepernick chose not to take incredible opportunity

  1. He cares more about his politics than winning games. Colin’s not desperate to play professional football.

  2. Can this guy sound any phonier than he already does? Goodell is like one of those characters in a movie where the CEO is some out of touch windbag that no one believes and laughs behind his back.

  3. Everyone knew that would be your position. You tried to force his hand and back him.l in a corner. To sign a custom made waiver promising to never sue the NFL again. Maybe had the waiver been what every other player receives the outcome would’ve been different. But that wasn’t your intentions. You allegedly worked on this workout all summer only to inform him in November. Both of you could have handled it better. Honest truth

  4. It’s a shame that Roger isn’t questioned by real journalists. It’s like POTUS being interviewed by fox news. Someone needs to question Roger like the do players after a football game when a player makes a mistake that costs a game.

  5. Kaepernick give heavily to charity. Compared to his worth, he is one of the top contributors to charity in the NFL.

    Kaepernick never disrespected the flag. That was Putin’s Puppet trying to split us all along racial line.

    Kneeling is a sign of respect. It’s not like turning one’s back, which many players have done.

  6. Jordan Veasy, who certainly does not have the financial backstop that Kap has was willing to go out there and show the NFL scouts what he could do, without pouting and crying about the legal technicalities of the waiver.

    And now he has a job in the NFL while Kap does not.

    You guys can muddy the waters with the waiver issue, the timing issue, and whatever else you want, but what it really boils down to is that guys who honestly want a shot at making the NFL will take their shot when given the chance. Kap blinked. And lost.

  7. Regardless of how anyone feels about Kap, this was just another ham fisted effort by the NFL to squash that bug and avoid another lawsuit. Kap will never play again and it has nothing to do with his abilities and everything to do with the political landscape.

  8. the nfl’s offer of a workout on a saturday when teams work out players on tuesday, in week 10+ of the season, with the requirement to sign a dubious waiver that differed from the srotandard workout waiver for injury was not, despite

  9. Everyone killed Stephen A but he made a great point about how Colin was able to secure a workout at a high school an hour away with fans dressed and Kaepernick merchandise.. he was able to get all of that pulled off in 2 hours??? yea right!

  10. Let’s stop with the racial, disrespecting the flag and all the other B.S. Why doesn’t anyone ask the 49s why they were going to cut him. I’ll say it again.
    The 49’s, the team “he” took to the super bowl, felt he wasn’t good enough to play for them! They know him best. Everything else is just noise.

  11. Funny, all of the negative comments about Goodell come from pat and saints fans. Get over your hate, it’s just a game. You all sound like children.

  12. Kaep neede to learn how to compromise.
    No one alive is working for a company/organization entirely on their own terms. It’s a partnership.

    He’s dictating his own terms out of one side of his mouth, while blasting the NFL for not signing him out the other side

  13. If Kaepernick actually wanted to play football….he’d be playing football. The hard truth for Kaepernick supporters is that every one of his actions has purposely prevented him from actually having to play.

    His brand is predicated on appearing like he wants to play….but is being prevented from doing so.

  14. “Kaepernick has received no offers since.”

    The important people watched the tape of Kaepernick’s workout and signed the player that performed best.

    Next…

  15. I won’t debate the minutiae of the workout language or how legit it was but anyone else trying to get back in the game after 3 years off would have given anything for another shot at the NFL. Kaepernick doesn’t care that much because he’s made good money as a martyr and a sponsor. And that’s precisely why he shouldn’t play football anymore. This isn’t a sport that allows you to dip your toe in the water. You’re a 100% in or 100% out. He’s out. Leave it that way

  16. Kaepernick seems intent on not actually playing football again lest (1) he is exposed for the poor QB that he is and (2) it interferes with his “social justice” charade.

    The reason he keeps popping up appears increasingly like him trying to extort the NFL for another undeserved payout. What a loser this guy is.

  17. Let’s all remember one thing- Are you listening Colin? Colin Kaepernick opted out of a guaranteed contract,,, Nobody fired Colin… Nobody cut Colin… Nobody took his job from him he willfully walked away from a GUARANTEED contract… now go away

  18. r502 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    Can this guy sound any phonier than he already does? Goodell is like one of those characters in a movie where the CEO is some out of touch windbag that no one believes and laughs behind his back.
    —————————-

    Yes, Kaepernick is a lot phonier.

  19. The league staged the workout the way they staged it so that they could inevitably run this PR campaign the way they’re running it.

  20. It’s totally obvious what CK is doing… pretending he wants to play but then making it really hard for the NFL hence creating the illusion of collusion and no team wanting to sign him… borderline good idea: getting Nike on board for a paycheck selling his merchandise that he thinks will be more than practice squad or backup money anyway, just not good enough.

  21. To Kaepernick supporters, I guess the NFL was supposed to just close down the games for a couple weeks so the entire planet could watch Sir Nike run around in shorts.

    All the complaints the workout was last minute, etc. ignore the fact there’s already plenty going on in football right now, and like everything about it not, Kaep had a fair shot to show what he could do.

    No offers = no interest. Fact.

  22. To Kaepernick supporters, I guess the NFL was supposed to just close down the games for a couple weeks so the entire planet could watch Sir Nike run around in shorts.

    All the complaints the workout was last minute, etc. ignore the fact there’s already plenty going on in football right now, and like everything about it not, Kaep had a fair shot to show what he could do.

    No offers = no interest. Fact.

  23. It was all a publicity stunt for CK. He really didn’t take it seriously. Why in the world would any tm want to sign him after what he did? Then the press conference after it basically sealed the deal. I don’t think he wanted to play again. I do think he just wanted to play to the cameras and play the martyr card again.

  24. radar8 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Kaepernick give heavily to charity. Compared to his worth, he is one of the top contributors to charity in the NFL.

    Kaepernick never disrespected the flag. That was Putin’s Puppet trying to split us all along racial line.

    Kneeling is a sign of respect. It’s not like turning one’s back, which many players have done.

    —————————-
    Not going to argue any of that. But he is also a bad football player and thats the point that matters here.

  25. tinye67 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    If Kaepernick actually wanted to play football….he’d be playing football. The hard truth for Kaepernick supporters is that every one of his actions has purposely prevented him from actually having to play.

    His brand is predicated on appearing like he wants to play….but is being prevented from doing so.

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    Its not that he doesn’t want to play football, its that he lacks the skill level needed to make a team. But his brand depends on that fact never getting exposed. Thats why every time there was a chance to prove otherwise (and there have been several, not just the workout which is actually questionable) there would suddenly be some excuse for it to not happen. Truth is, getting put on a football field is his greatest fear.

  26. Every year dozens of players are called back after being released, often multiple times by multiple players. I know that’s tough for someone who is overly enamored of his own biceps to understand but that’s what real players do.

  27. radar8 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Kaepernick give heavily to charity. Compared to his worth, he is one of the top contributors to charity in the NFL.

    Kaepernick never disrespected the flag. That was Putin’s Puppet trying to split us all along racial line.

    Kneeling is a sign of respect. It’s not like turning one’s back, which many players have done.

    ———

    If only Kaep could have beat our Blaine Gabbert none of these protests would have ever occurred. Funny how he only started caring about social injustices after he was benched

  28. Wow I actually agree with the Commissioner.

    All I know is that if I couldn’t get a job in my field for 3 years…I’d interview anywhere an employer wanted me to…on their terms.

    Playing in the NFL is a privilege. Kaepernick doesnt seem to understand that. Also…good luck trying to prove the NFL colluded against you.

  29. Why does he HAVE to play in the NFL? I don’t get it. That’d be like a teacher, doctor, or engineer demanding to work for a particular company.

    There is the CFL, XFL, whatever-FL….he can play anywhere else just like any doctor, engineer, or teacher can work at any other place if the company wants to hire them.

    This is less about social justice and more about entitlement.

  30. While I think the owners have turned their backs on Kaep. Since that has happened Kaep hasn’t been serious about returning to the NFL. His actions cost him an opportunity with the Ravens. And this latest showcase was a stunt for him. He wasn’t serious about getting back into the NFL.
    Switching sites at the last moment and holding his press conference complaining about the NFL. He will never in the NFL again and Kaep has a lot to do with that.

  31. Colin Kaepernick is a patriot. He’s paid a dear price to stand up for freedom and justice for all – the price of an NFL career. He should be revered and honored, and someday history will give him his due.

  32. As the owner of a business, I have had many meetings with prospective employees. I would arrange the interview, often setting the meeting at a neutral site providing less distractions for myself. The interviewee would be told when, where and what to bring. Once the prospective employee began to demand changes to my arrangements I would consider their requests. Change the time, no problem, providing they gave a reasonable explanation. Change the location, absolutely not, this is about my comfort zone, not theirs. Change the items to bring, sorry not happening, I want to see specific examples of your skills related to what we do as software engineers. Request to record the interview for their purposes? Not going to happen under any terms.
    Colin K tried to dictate the terms of the interview. Once he did that most of the teams realized that he would be a distraction both on and off the field. The remainder of the teams gave him a fly over, during which it appears he crashed and burned. Hopefully his continued appearances on the news and internet sports forums will fade into the sunset.

  33. @cardinealsfan2o says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Colin Kaepernick is a patriot. He’s paid a dear price to stand up for freedom and justice for all – the price of an NFL career. He should be revered and honored, and someday history will give him his due.
    ==========================================================================================
    Sure thing neal – maybe he can get a national holiday named after him right –

  34. Kaepernick, despite his continued unemployment, seems to have enough money to pay his legion of “representatives” to deal with the NFL. He made his choice when he opted out of a lucrative contract with the 49ers. Even if he hypothetically does have more talent than some of the quarterbacks on NFL rosters, there is no law saying that anyone is obligated to employ him. It’s about more than just talent. It’s also about intangibles that employers want or don’t want affecting their workplace. With Kaepernick you get a guaranteed media circus and distractions to the team. The team owners have opted out on that one.

  35. The unasked question is why such an opportunity was made available to him to begin with. No team requested it (and any interested team could have worked him out on their own at any time). It was a transparent PR stunt the NFL didn’t need and set a terrible precedent. Who will be the next guy judged worthy of a special workout day? Will it have to political or could it be some guy coming back from a major injury or getting too old to play?

  36. Seattle offered him a chance to compete for their open back up QB position. I read he declined, b/c he was more interested in being a celebrity, instead of a back up QB. In the NFL, everything is competition.

  37. Maybe the NFL should have scheduled this, I know this sounds crazy, in the offseason when teams are still putting their rosters together. Complete PR ploy.

    And Kaep did the right thing in not signing the onerous waiver the NFL tried to sneak past him and still got to workout for teams.

  38. Could all of Kap just end? Let him go off into the distance with his best buddy Phil Knight
    talking about what he didn’t do.

  39. mogogo1 says: “It was a transparent PR stunt the NFL didn’t need”
    ———————-

    It was a closed, private workout and none of it was going to be aired on the NFL Network. The NFL never even announced it and no one would have known until Kaep’s side complained to the media about the parameters.

    Strange how a “transparent PR stunt” had none of the “public relations” stuff to actually make it worthwhile…

  40. If Kap plays, he loses all his “power”. He needs us to think he is nfl capable. Once we see he really isn’t, no one will care about him and his warped agenda.

    And even if he was better than Brady and Montana combined, he still isn’t entitled to a spot ima team. You pro Kap loons fail to grasp this.

  41. “He cares more about his politics than winning games. Colin’s not desperate to play professional football.”

    This is what I’ve been thinking and saying all along? What does Colin want? Political advantage? Social change? Calling out the NFL owners and front office? Football? I think the last item on my list is the last item on Kaepernick’s.

  42. cardinealsfan2o says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Colin Kaepernick is a patriot. He’s paid a dear price to stand up for freedom and justice for all – the price of an NFL career. He should be revered and honored, and someday history will give him his due.
    ===========

    Stand up? Hold on while I check… yeah, pretty sure he kneeled.

  43. mogogo1 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:40 am
    The unasked question is why such an opportunity was made available to him to begin with. No team requested it (and any interested team could have worked him out on their own at any time). It was a transparent PR stunt the NFL didn’t need and set a terrible precedent. Who will be the next guy judged worthy of a special workout day? Will it have to political or could it be some guy coming back from a major injury or getting too old to play?
    ———————————————————————————
    Best take in this thread, IMO.

    The fact that this whole charade was orchestrated by the NFL seems to be being overlooked here in a rush to brand Kap as a scheming freeloader looking to cash in. It was never intended to be a legit opportunity and, in fact didn’t even need to happen. The NFL was operating in seriously bad faith here. Why are so many giving them a pass?

  44. There is nothing wrong with colluding when you feel an individual hurts your brand by commandeering your venues and productions with an action that ultimately enrages half of your fan base. Wanna be “woke”? Do it on your dime and time.

  45. cardinealsfan2o says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Colin Kaepernick is a patriot. He’s paid a dear price to stand up for freedom and justice for all – the price of an NFL career. He should be revered and honored, and someday history will give him his due.

    ———-
    Please child. Kaep was being a baby and pouring because he lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert. Need proof? Why did Kaep never protest before he became a backup?

  46. Thanks Roger. At least now there isn’t any mystery around who issued the black balling of Colin Kaepernick. Your job is to make money for the owners, and Kaepernick was a threat to that. The owners are the bosses, but at least now it’s clear that there was a unified effort to keep him out.

  47. if this guy was that good, a team would sign him ASAP. Everyone wants to win! I hope to never hear from him again.

  48. Personally, I think that Kaep took a look at his long term financial possibilities and chose the one (SJW) that would go on forever and pay more than being a backup QB for a couple of more years.

    Isn’t it interesting that he’s never actually held a press conference and stated what his issues/concerns were in a well thought out and logical way?

  49. All I wanna know is where can I get one of those kunta kuntie shirts😉 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  50. Women beaters, child beaters, firearm violators, illegally recording other teams, all are welcome to play in the NFL, but someone who simply stood up (or kneeled) for what he believed in cannot. Hmmmm..

    Bottom line is the NFL/owners know a child beater won’t cost them sponsors….

  51. fishfan77 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    Women beaters, child beaters, firearm violators, illegally recording other teams, all are welcome to play in the NFL, but someone who simply stood up (or kneeled) for what he believed in cannot. Hmmmm..

    Bottom line is the NFL/owners know a child beater won’t cost them sponsors…. You left out coke using oline coaches fish fan 😉

  52. That is sick. Blaming the victim for being blackballed by the league. Kap refused to sign a waiver that was handed to him at the scam tryout. Signing the waiver will mean that he has no legal recourse should he gets blackballed again.

  53. There is one thing that I find interesting in this mess. There are a bunch of people on this site who regularly call for Goodell to lose his job, and call him a liar about anything he says. But, all of a sudden, those people are willing to accept Goodell’s word on this and assume he has nothing but the best motives. Those people hate on Kaepernick, so they will believe anything that makes him look bad, even if it essentially means they are now buddying up to Goodell.

  54. Say what you want, whatever stance it is you have, But the claim that kap got benched fori Blaine gabbertt is FALSE!. you want to hate kap for his actions, fine. You want to praise and celebrate him? Even better. But kaepernick did NOT get benched. Jesus, nobody in this country actually thinks for themselves anymore.

  55. Who cares if he is, in fact, blackballed? No one owes him a job. An employer can refuse to hire you because he doesn’t like your face. As long as he isn’t being denied employment due to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability…etc., no team can be FORCED to hire him. It’s that simple. I know that is going to be tough for the pro-Kaps to understand.

  56. camstinks says:
    December 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm
    Let’s all remember one thing- Are you listening Colin? Colin Kaepernick opted out of a guaranteed contract,,, Nobody fired Colin… Nobody cut Colin… Nobody took his job from him he willfully walked away from a GUARANTEED contract… now go away
    __________________________________

    That’s not true. He was forced out. The team management harassed him for exercising his 1st amendment rights. They created a hostile work environment making his continued presence unsafe. Their treatment of Colin was shameful.

  57. Don’t let NFL owners and the “powers that be” tell you that Kap was being disrespectful by kneeling during the anthem. I’m thinking that a silent protest is more respectful than the owners/league allowing beers/hot dogs to be sold during that same time.

    At least PRETEND to be consistent.

  58. stagg says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    At least PRETEND to be consistent.

    —————————————-
    The NFL has a hard time even doing that. Hypocrisy in action….

  59. eaglesofsatan says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm
    Who cares if he is, in fact, blackballed? No one owes him a job. An employer can refuse to hire you because he doesn’t like your face. As long as he isn’t being denied employment due to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability…etc., no team can be FORCED to hire him. It’s that simple. I know that is going to be tough for the pro-Kaps to understand.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Or political beliefs….

    And unless you have been in a coma for the past 4 years, it is OBVIOUS that is why he is not even been given a serious tryout. (not the farce the NFL setup).

    So, you would sit there with a straight face and tell me David Blough is better? LOL

    Nice try though…

  60. > If only so called “patriots” “defending” a flag actually could
    > understand the true meaning of patriotism.

    If you had the first clue about what you are preaching about, you would be discussing Pat Tillman and not this Al Sharpton wannabe.

  61. Next time I interview for a job, I’m going to demand to interview where I want, and I’m going to complain if the employer “hastily arranges” anything.

    I want my future employer to know up front I’m extremely high maintenance.

    That’ll get me the job for sure.

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