Earlier this week, it was introduced that the NFL will host a non-public exercise session for Colin Kaepernick, who has been blacklisted by the league since 2016 after taking a knee through the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality.
24 groups are anticipated to attend the exercise on Saturday (Nov. 16) with the intention of evaluating Kap’s talents and presumably becoming a member of a crew.
I’m simply getting phrase from my representatives that the NFL league workplace reached out to them a few exercise in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in form and prepared for this for three years, can’t wait to see the top coaches and GMs on Saturday.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019
Given that the exercise was scheduled with out Kap’s information and introduced simply this week, many have criticized the session as a sham, particularly because the NFL declined to reschedule so as to give Kaepernick extra discover.
It was additionally reported that JAY-Z—who lately signed a partnership between Roc Nation and the NFL over the summer season—could have had a job in organising the exercise. We now could know to what extent the rapper was concerned, and it may be an act of self-preservation disguised as serving to a brother out.
On Friday (Nov. 15), veteran sportscaster Dan Patrick reported on his radio present that Jay personally urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to schedule a exercise for Kaepernick as a result of his public fame took successful after partnering with the League.
“According to my supply, JAY-Z stated that he took a reputational bullet for the commissioner after they had that press convention [with] his new position within the NFL. Social agenda. Social injustice. He was gonna assist with the leisure for halftime. All of this.
“My supply stated that JAY-Z was pressuring the commissioner to do the best factor and have this exercise for Colin Kaepernick…JAY-Z stated, ‘Hey, look, I don’t need to be considered as a sellout right here. Now these are my phrases, not his, however he was saying ‘reputational bullet.’”
Following the printed, Patrick tweeted that different sources say the Jay-Z narrative is a distraction from the NFL’s earnest try to work with Kaepernick.
“I have been in touch with other well-placed sources who say that any Jay-Z narrative seems like another distraction to take away from the opportunity facilitated by the NFL for Colin Kaepernick.” -Dan.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) November 15, 2019
A supply additionally gave the identical assertion to Complex when requested in regards to the allegation Hov pushed for the exercise to heal a bruised fame.
“Any Jay-Z narrative seems like a distraction to take away from the opportunity facilitated by the NFL,” the supply instructed the outlet.
After the exercise for Kaepernick obtained skepticism, ESPN’s Adam Schefter opined that Goodell “feels bad” about how every little thing has performed out.
“I think Roger Goodell, there’s a part of him, the Commissioner, that feels bad about the way that this has unfolded,” Schefter stated.
“And I think that he believes that he must do his part to try to get a workout for Colin Kaepernick, to try to get interviews with Colin Kaepernick, to try to do his part to get Colin Kaepernick in front of teams,” he continued.
Kaepernick has not stopped coaching since being blacklisted and insists he’s prepared to get again on the sector.