- Kaepernick’s workout with the Seahawks had been scheduled for this past Monday
- Team says Kaepernick’s representatives didn’t provide long-term plan for non-football commitments
The team told CNN that a scheduled workout planned for this past Monday was postponed but that it was halted because Kaepernick’s representatives couldn’t provide Kaepernick’s long-term plan for non-football commitments.
However, a source familiar with the situation says the Seahawks specifically questioned Kaepernick’s National Anthem intentions.
Kaepernick became a lightning rod in 2016 when he refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the US. He drew fierce criticism for refusing to stand but also inspired athletes — from elementary schools to professional leagues — to join his movement.
In March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract and became a free agent. No NFL team has signed him. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, claiming collusion.
In June, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said about Kaepernick, “He’s a starter in this league. …We have a starter, but he is a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”