On Saturday (Nov. 16), Colin Kaepernick spurned a workout that was put on by the urging of Jay-Z and set up by the NFL in order to do his own showcase at an Atlanta area high school. The move has left Hov disappointed.
According to a source close to the situation, Jay thinks Colin turned the legit NFL workout into a publicity stunt. Jigga reportedly played a major role in getting the official NFL workout set up and pressured the league to get it done following backlash from his partnership with the NFL.
A workout was scheduled for Colin to showcase his talent for NFL scouts at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. However, the former QB’s reps released a statement prior to the scheduled event saying Kaepernick took issue with “an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues” requested by the NFL. He also wanted the workout to be open to all media.
The NFL released its own statement about the canceled event staying, “we are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout” and adding “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”
Following his workout, Colin’s team released the following statement:
“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one. Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.
“Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request. Based on the prior conduct by the league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”
XXL has reached out to Roc Nation for comment.
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