On Thursday, it was reported that the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks canceled a workout for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he refused to stop kneeling for the national anthem:
After arranging for Colin Kaepernick to work out for the Seahawks this week, Seattle postponed the trip when the quarterback declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season, league sources tell ESPN.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2018
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Still, common to both tweets is the idea that Kaeprnick’s kneeling for the anthem may be the salient reason why some teams have no desire to hire him.
The #Seahawks did postpone a tentatively scheduled workout with Colin Kaepernick, as @AdamSchefter reported. It was not because he said he declined to stop kneeling, tho. The team asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2018
this is true, and reveals that, for many teams, the (cowardly) avoidance of kaepernick isn't about kneeling, or any sort of principle–it's about fear of blowback https://t.co/JvgKJbSVfB
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 12, 2018
Just to recap today's NFL news
*Colin Kaepernick won't say if he'll kneel next season, so Seahawaks cancel his tryout
*Linebacker Reuben Foster charged with 3 felonies for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the head 8-10 times, and 49ers keep him on the team
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) April 12, 2018
As was reported last October, the NFL admitted that the controversy over kneeling for the national anthem caused it to lose business. CNS News reported in late September. (Read more from “This NFL Team Just Cancelled Kaepernick Workout Over National Anthem Kneeling” HERE)