Seahawks postpone Colin Kaepernick workout after he refuses to stop protests

Jo Caldwell
April 13, 2018

Colin Kaepernick's workout with the Seahawks was postponed or canceled this week after he declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial discrimination and police brutality, according to ESPN.

This changes the narrative a bit as there is still much interest on the Seahawks' behalf to possibly sign Kaepernick to a deal this offseason to become the backup to Pro Bowler Russell Wilson. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks.

Kaepernick is not the only player rumored to be facing a blowback for participating in the protest.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport countered the report, claiming the Seahawks' postponement was not over Kaepernick's steadfast refusal to stop protesting.

Last season, just a fraction of National Football League players were kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem, but in September, President Trump challenged activist players like Kaepernick and referred to them as "sons of bitches". A league source said the Seahawks wanted assurance the quarterback wouldn't kneel for the anthem, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback would not agree. It also comes a day after Eric Reid's free agent visit with the Bengals took a turn, when owner Mike Brown asked Reid if he planned on kneeling during the national anthem. "And I don't think he was willing to give them an answer to commit one way or another".

The owners plan to discuss the issue again in May at their next meeting.

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The Seahawks have not ruled out contacting Kaepernick to rearrange the visit, per the Seattle Times, who were following up an earlier report from ESPN analyst Adam Schefter.

After sitting out the entire 2017 season, Kaepernick held a throwing workout on a practice field in Houston last month. Duane Brown has also protested in the past, and is now on the Seahawks' roster.

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