Representatives for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick referred to as an audible lower than an hour earlier than he was scheduled to work out for 25 NFL groups Saturday, transferring the session to a highschool in Riverdale, Ga. from the Atlanta Falcons coaching facility in Flowery Department, 60 miles away.
The exercise was pushed again an hour to four p.m. ET, presumably to present NFL scouts time to make it to the brand new location. Nonetheless, the Related Press reported that a variety of scouts had already gone contained in the Falcons’ indoor coaching facility when phrase got here of the change, whereas dozens of media had been arrange in fenced-off parking subsequent to the Falcons’ facility.
Former NFL head coaches Hue Jackson and Joe Philbin had been set to run the drills.
In an announcement tweeted by ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, Kaepernick reps Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley stated the change in location to facilitate “a clear and open course of.”
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“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a reliable course of and from the outset the NFL league workplace has not offered one,” Meiselas and Nalley wrote. “Most not too long ago, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the exercise, Mr. Kaepernick signal an uncommon legal responsibility waiver that addresses employment-related points and rejected the usual legal responsibility waiver from bodily harm proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.
“Moreover, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the exercise to watch and movie it and for an unbiased movie crew to be there to make sure transparency,” the assertion continued. “The NFL denied this request. Primarily based on the prior conduct by the league workplace, Mr. Kaepernick merely asks for a clear and open course of which is why a brand new location has been chosen for at the moment. Mr. Kaepernick appears ahead to seeing the representatives from the golf equipment at the moment.”
In an announcement Saturday night, the NFL stated it was “dissatisfied that Colin didn’t seem for his exercise,” and added that the league was knowledgeable on the identical time most of the people was.
“Immediately’s session was designed to present Colin what he has constantly stated he desires – a chance to point out his soccer readiness and want to return to the NFL,” the league stated. “Twenty-five (25) golf equipment had been current for the exercise, and all 32 golf equipment, their head coaches, basic managers, and different personnel executives would have obtained video footage of the interview and exercise, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.”
The league went on to assert that it had despatched Kaepernick’s reps “an ordinary legal responsibility waiver based mostly on the waiver utilized by Nationwide Invitational Camp in any respect NFL Combines and by NFL golf equipment when attempting out free agent gamers” on Wednesday, just for the quarterback’s group to ship “a totally rewritten and inadequate waiver” at midday Saturday.
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The league additionally stated that it solely discovered Friday night time that Kaepernick wished to convey his personal video crew to file the exercise. On the identical time, the league stated that it had agreed to a request from “Nike, with Colin’s approval … to shoot an advert that includes Colin and mentioning all of the NFL groups current on the exercise”.
“We agreed to have Colin’s representatives on the sector whereas the exercise was being performed and to permit them to see the way it was being recorded. We did so although we have now been clear from the start that that is [a] personal exercise,” the league continued. “As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was ready to shoot and distribute video of the interview and exercise. We confirmed with Colin’s representatives that they might obtain each the video that might be despatched to all 32 golf equipment in addition to the uncooked footage from the complete occasion, which is unprecedented.”
It was not recognized what number of groups could be attending the exercise within the new location.
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Kaepernick, 32, has not performed since 2016 when he suited up for the San Francisco 49ers. He helped begin a wave of protests concerning social and racial injustice that season by kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem at video games.
The NFL in February settled a collusion grievance Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid filed towards the league. Reid now performs for the Carolina Panthers.
“Colin’s determination has no impact on his standing within the League,” the NFL’s assertion concluded. “He stays an unrestricted free agent eligible to signal with any membership.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.