Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a last-minute venue change after he had been invited to a workout session by the NFL in Georgia on Saturday evening.
Plans had initially been made to hold an open workout at the Atlanta Falcons' training centre in Flowery Branch but Kaepernick changed the location to the Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale in order to invite media... Еще to view the session.
The NFL registered Kaepernick as a no-show and expressed their disappointment in a statement.
«Today's session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants, an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL,» the league said.
Following the 40-minute-long session, Kaepernick explained he had made the decision to move so he could have 'transparency.'
«We have nothing to hide,» he said in a 90-second statement. «We're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams and [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.»
In late 2017, Kaepernick polarised public opinion by kneeling during the US national anthem in a protest against racial injustice. Kaepernick's stand led to many other players taking the knee and, in turn, US President Donald Trump called on the NFL to 'fire' any player who protested during the anthem.
At the end of the season Kaepernick became a free agent and franchises declined to sign him, leading to a grievance case against the NFL who he accused of 'colluding' to keep him out of the league.
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