Seahawks back out of Colin Kaepernick meeting over anthem kneeling, report says

Kristopher Nichols
April 13, 2018

Colin Kaepernick is not backing down about taking a knee to protest racial injustice in the U.S.

As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks invited former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a workout in Seattle.

Multiple reports claimed that the Seahawks initially called off the workout when Kaepernick told the team he would not stop kneeling during the national anthem.

The Seattle Times reported that the decision wasn't exclusively related to Kaepernick's stance on kneeling, but that the team wanted a firmer plan about his activism and how it might impact football.

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Kaepernick first refused to stand during the national anthem during the 2016 preseason, as a way to protest the lack of accountability for police officers who murdered black men and women after a summer of heightened tensions in the country following the police killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and others. He remained unsigned through the 2017 season.

The coach is a 9/11 Truther and the players are sufficiently activist as to have earned the title of "the social justice warriors of the National Football League".

The NFL responded by increasing the amount of protests, and the movement became more against Trump than any of the issues that Kaepernick is fighting for. Kaepernick has since filed a grievance against the league. "And at the last moment that trip was postponed, because a conversation occurred where they wanted to know what he was going to be doing on the field this year before and during the national anthem", Schefter said on NFL Live. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said one of the reasons they didn't sign him was because Kaepernick was a starter and they already had starter in Russell Wilson. Therefore, he's still a free agent.

"This is weird because a lot of Seahawks players have knelt for the anthem". In fact, this news broke while Kaepernick was sitting in on the deposition of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. After all, this comes on the heels of the Cincinnati Bengals not signing free agent safety Eric Reid.

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