The Seattle Seahawks told Colin Kaepernick not to bother coming to a planned workout unless he promised he would NOT continue his kneeling protest. sources with knowledge of the situation tell TMZ Sports.
"Seattle still is considering bringing in Kaepernick for a tryout, and no decisions are final", Schefter reported, citing "a source". Seattle was looking for assurance that Kaepernick would not kneel during the anthem, and he refused to give that assurance, declining to say he would stop.
There has been a perception in sports media that teams are hesitant to sign Kaepernick because of possible controversy over his political views, which comes up frequently whenever a supposedly inferior quarterback gets a job in the NFL.
After Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers parted company a little over a year ago, he went unsigned in 2017, following a relatively successful 2016 campaign.
Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, started the movement of National Football League players kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in the 2016 preseason over racial inequality and oppression in the United States. And, given the skill set of their starting quarterback, it's not that far fetched to think that Colin Kaepernick would be a great backup for them.
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This isn't the first time Kaepernick has been connected to the Seahawks.
"The NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again", Trump told Sean Hannity last October. Kaepernick visited with the Seahawks past year, but they opted to sign Austin Davis instead. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team, setting himself up as a free agent to potentially player for a different organization. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks.
Earlier this week, the Cincinnati Bengals reportedly hesitated to sign Reid, another free agent, because he too would not promise to stand for the anthem in 2018.
Reid previously wrote on Twitter that his activism was affecting his search for a new team.