Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Seahawks postpone visit with Colin Kaepernick after QB 'declined to stop kneeling'

Seahawks postpone visit with Colin Kaepernick after QB 'declined to stop kneeling'

According to Adam Schefter, Kaepernick was scheduled to workout for the Seattle Seahawks, but the team postponed the visit after Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem.

The day after his scheduled workout with the Seahawks, Kaepernick sat for his deposition administered by NFL attorneys in NY regarding the league's alleged attempts to conspire to keep him out of the league.

Kaepernick, who kneeled for the anthem during his last National Football League season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 to protest racial and social injustice, told the team he was unsure of his off-field plans going forward, a source told the Times. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder". That, according to Schefter, may have scared the Seahawks, who have already parted ways with outspoken activists Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman this offseason.

The former 49ers starting quarterback made headlines in 2016 when he refused to stand during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. Kaepernick, who nearly won a Super Bowl in 2013, may not be the same player he once was, but he is more experienced than a drafted rookie would be.

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Both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have said they believe he should be on a roster, with Rodgers going so far as to tell ESPN he thinks the Wisconsin native is being blackballed. Kaepernick visited with the Seahawks previous year, but they opted to sign Austin Davis instead.

There are reports the workout has been "postponed" - but we're being told it's off the table. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks. After all, this comes on the heels of the Cincinnati Bengals not signing free agent safety Eric Reid.

While the anthem protests eventually died down last season, during the owner's meeting the topic was brought back up.

Reid, reportedly put off, declined to commit one way or the other and left without a contract offer.

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