News

Sports

Roger Goodell Claims NFL ‘Moved On’ from Kaepernick after Special Workout

Colin Kaepernick is seen at a special training event created at Charles. R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, U.S., November 16, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league has “moved on” from former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after the player attended a special workout session in November to demonstrate his readiness to rejoin the league.

In 2016 Kaepernick, who played six seasons for the 49ers, kneeled during the playing of the national anthem because, as he said at the time, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” His stance was excoriated by President Trump.

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” Trump wrote on Twitter. It was later revealed Kaepernick had worn socks depicting police officers as pigs, sparking further backlash.

Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017, but no NFL team has signed him since. The special workout in November was meant to show that he is ready to play again.

The workout was initially scheduled to take place at the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility. However, Kaepernick moved the event to a local high school at the last minute after learning the media would not be permitted to attend the session in its original venue.

This was about creating an opportunity,” Goodell told reporters at an NFL meeting on Wednesday. “We created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity and he chose not to take it. I understand that.”

Kaepernick has accused NFL teams of being afraid to hire him due to the potential political fallout. The former quarterback’s representatives said he moved the workout to a high school because the NFL did not conduct a “legitimate process” that would allow media observers.

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

Most Popular

Elections

How Can Bernie Sanders Happen in America?

A number of pundits have recently argued that younger voters, especially those under 30, are less inclined to be bothered when they hear the word “socialism,” since they have no firsthand memory of the Cold War. To some extent, this must be true. Those who weren’t alive during socialism’s cruelest ... Read More
Elections

How Can Bernie Sanders Happen in America?

A number of pundits have recently argued that younger voters, especially those under 30, are less inclined to be bothered when they hear the word “socialism,” since they have no firsthand memory of the Cold War. To some extent, this must be true. Those who weren’t alive during socialism’s cruelest ... Read More
Elections

The Highest-Stakes Moment Brings the Worst Debate

Tonight’s debate would have been only marginally less incoherent, noisy, and grating to the ears if CBS had broadcast two hours of static. The last debate before the South Carolina primary featured so much shouting, you would think that the candidates had just been told their microphones weren’t working. ... Read More
Elections

The Highest-Stakes Moment Brings the Worst Debate

Tonight’s debate would have been only marginally less incoherent, noisy, and grating to the ears if CBS had broadcast two hours of static. The last debate before the South Carolina primary featured so much shouting, you would think that the candidates had just been told their microphones weren’t working. ... Read More