Redesigned NFL.com lists Colin Kaepernick as “retired”

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The NFL recently redesigned its website. And the new version of the pages assigned to each current and historical player has created a bit of a stir: Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is listed as “retired.”

Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, has reacted strongly to the characterization.

“The @NFL @nflcommish @NFLPA lying on their website claiming @Kaepernick7 ‘retired,'” she said on Twitter. “Colin did NOT retire. You cowards blackballed him [because] he peacefully protested against police brutality. He’s a Super Bowl QB [and] should be playing [because] his stats show that.”

Last November, the NFL arranged a workout for Kaepernick. Both sides were to blame for the failure of the session, which ultimately became a workout conducted solely by Kaepernick with no involvement of the league. He has received no interest or offers or invitations to tryout for specific teams since the workout.

Although the NFL has by all appearances moved on from Kaepernick, he hasn’t officially retired. Still, more than three years since his last NFL game, the chances of Kaepernick returning to pro football are very small, and they’re shrinking on a regular basis.

At this point, the label doesn’t matter; he won’t be playing again in the NFL.

70 responses to “Redesigned NFL.com lists Colin Kaepernick as “retired”

  1. Referring to your boyfriends’ potential employer as slave owners didn’t help your cause, his cause or his career.

  2. “You cowards blackballed him because he peacefully protested against police brutality”

    Exactly right Nessa.

  3. ProfessionalVictims.com has both him and his girlfriend listed as still “very active”.

  4. As if he doesn’t bring enough potential fan backlash on his own, he is dating this loudmouthed public relations disaster. Not that he had a chance at returning to the NFL but she really does ensure he is going to stay “retired.”

  5. Someone who refuses to sign a “prove it deal” with an NFL team and/or max offers of the AAF/XFL is retired in my book. He took his settlement and walked away from the NFL.

  6. Who cares what that gasbag Nessa has to say? She’s the one who ruined his career. He and Florio should be mad at her, not the rest of society.

  7. Forced retirement is still “retirement.” Same as so many players in the NFL other than those who end up taking a Medical retirement, which is still a is retirement.
    He chose to cancel or opt out of his last year of his contract with SF. He then turned down the Seahawks when they reportedly offered him a contract. Sounds like he was looking for retirement & the NFL has taken all the obligatory steps to accommodate him towards that end.

    Lots of players are forced into retirement by not receiving any offers that they will accept or just don’t get, at all. He is but another, for a variety of reasons. Most brought on by himself.

  8. Seems some folk be under the impression Kap has to initiate or agree he retired when truth is in his case the league done did retire him.
    Fact.
    Deal with it.

  9. I understand the situation. But you were an employee of the NFL and they are a business just like a small family business is a business. Most people have a boss that pays you to work for them, they pay you because you make there business better. Kap was a worker getting paid by the owner of a business, a big business. They pay you to be there Ace and make that business make money especially the Quarterback. And Kap chose to do what he did and it did make alot of noise but you had to know it was going to bite you career wise. And honestly at that point he was benched because he wasn’t performing well. The 49ers had a great formula where they had all the pieces in place except QB AND kAP was in a great situtation and the 49ers paying him a rookie scale were in a great situation. I think once Kep’s play started to digress it made it easier to do what he did.

  10. But protesting with assault weapons because you can’t get a haircut is cool.

    Murica

  11. In a few years Kap will be remembered by most people as a man who had a career stolen because he spoke up for justice. Only a very few sports fans will remember the name of the QB who won that Super Bowl.
    That must really chap a lot of rear ends around here.

  12. I view this as – who really cares about this doughead. Typical redundant response, he screws up his career but it’s everyone else’s fault. Loudmouth girlfriend needs a good case of lockjaw and shutup. Not a functioning brain cell between the two.

  13. He will never play a snap in the NFL again and that is all that i care about. Enjoy your non retirement.

  14. There’s more starting calibur QB’s on the market every year ,and every year produces another few.
    basicaly theres not enough teams to handle them ,so hang it up KAP THERE IS YOUNGER AND CHEAPER VERSIONS OF YOU OUT THERE.

  15. I think us as fans blackballed him…not the nfl. Nobody wanted him on their team. Which is fine. All he had to do was protest a different way. And hes washed up…so theres that too.

  16. for all intents and purposes, this goofball HAS been retired….for like 3 years now

  17. Kap was beaten out by Blane Gabbert in 2016, what else needs to be said at this point??

  18. Guarantee that these Covidiots complaining about being forced to wear a mask at WalMart/Costco as a business infringing on their “freedom” … are the same ones that cheer bakeries refusing to service gay people and NFL teams refusing to sign Kapernick. They will complain about their “freedom” in one breath, and yell “get that sob off the field” with the next.

  19. 2019 unsigned free agents now listed as “retired”, but not officially:

    Matt Cassel (played 2018)
    Jermaine Gresham (played 2018)
    Sam Shields (played 2018)

  20. I would enjoy watching Colin Sack or Pick in the NFL again just so everyone will shut up after watching him fail

  21. It would be an amazing feat if Kap was able to come back and compete after so long out of the NFL. Would I follow him even as a SF 49er fan? No. Colin, your time in the NFL is done. If you have more to contribute in racial or inequitable circumstance, go for it. Just don’t try to prove you have “it” to be a starting QB in the NFL.

  22. Players who choose to retire are those that have opportunities to sign on with a club, or get a tryout and decline.

    Kaep scuttled multiple signing attempts and didn’t show up for the tryout the NFL set up.

    He is retired and chose to be.

  23. is anyone surprised by this? Either be good enough to play or don’t. I’m sick of the political angle of Cap.

  24. It’s a long time coming. Let’s hope this is the last we hear about this self-entitled train wreck. Somehow, I doubt it though.

  25. The guy got everything he really wanted. The writing was on the wall that he was no longer starter quality and, at best, he could be a mid to low tier backup before washing out of the League.

    Therefore, he traded being a professional quarterback in for being a professional martyr. Because even though he’s deliberately sabotaged any chance of getting to play again despite his low skill set, there are some who would rather believe that owners are just SO racist as to reject a good QB.

  26. Is this the same girlfriend who cost him a job with the Ravens by tweeting stuff comparing the owner to a racist character from a Tarantino movie?

  27. Make no mistake…Kap was right. In “The Land of the Free…” the cops too often take liberties when interacting with who they believe are suspects. All the while, their government overseers, DAs, governors, mayors, take their side because they need the police to do their bidding even tho they do their bidding all over us. Be that as it may, you make your choices and you live with them. Kap had a choice and he knew his boss had a choice. He blew this opportunity. Other options are there for him. I give him credit for standing up for what he believed in, no pun intended. I hope he doesn’t regret his decision based on the reactions of others.

  28. If he wasnt protesting police brutality, hed still be in the NFL. Proven winner and played in the superbowl. Shows you that race plays a huge part.

  29. Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl “winning” QB, and he just signed for 1.5 mil. If Kap we’re willing to do that he could have been playing years ago. He wasn’t “blackballed”, he overestimated his value. Simple as that.

  30. Your behavior does have consequences. Theres no guarantee that just because you have the skill to play in the NFL that you automatically get a job. CK basically put up a barrier between himself and potential employers. AB is another example.

    If anything CK should be looking inward at his own actions to figure out why he got blackballed…it wouldnt be hard to figure out.

  31. Vladimir_Trump says:
    May 22, 2020 at 8:05 pm
    “You cowards blackballed him because he peacefully protested against police brutality”

    Exactly right Nessa.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No she isn’t. The brutality reason was an afterthought. He was sitting/kneeling for two weeks before he ever mentioned that.

  32. FinFan68 says:
    May 23, 2020 at 10:30 am
    Vladimir_Trump says:
    May 22, 2020 at 8:05 pm
    “You cowards blackballed him because he peacefully protested against police brutality”

    Exactly right Nessa.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No she isn’t. The brutality reason was an afterthought. He was sitting/kneeling for two weeks before he ever mentioned that.

    ————–

    He was protesting sitting behind Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart.

  33. She is as dumb as he is.. good riddance to both of you!!!
    May we never see your name in the media again

  34. He opted out of his own contract and publicly criticized owners. And he was an average QB his entire career who dropped about 20-30 pounds before his final season. He had several surgeries and sucked as a passer.

    And then he decided to be a distraction. I can’t imagine why he’s not on a team… 😆

  35. bigdogsolec says:
    May 22, 2020 at 8:59 pm
    There’s more starting calibur QB’s on the market every year ,and every year produces another few.
    basicaly theres not enough teams to handle them ,so hang it up KAP THERE IS YOUNGER AND CHEAPER VERSIONS OF YOU OUT THERE.
    _____________________________

    WOW your barr is definitely a whole lot lower than mine is, I think there are 8-10 QBs that don’t even deserve the starting job they have! And it was 2 more before Winston and Mariota lost theirs.

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