Seahawks back out of Colin Kaepernick meeting over anthem kneeling, report says

Simon Moss
April 13, 2018

The Seahawks may still bring Kaepernick in, but no decisions are final.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that the reason for the postponement was not because he refused to stop kneeling, but for Kaepernick to come up with a plan on how to deal with the issue going forward. The team chose to postpone his scheduled visit while coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discussed the matter, according to the Times, which added that Kaepernick still could be considered and brought in for a visit. "Clearly, Seattle has accepted players speaking out for what they believe", read another. According to reports, he was recently deposed in the claim. However, the trip was canceled over the last-minute stipulation regarding Kaepernick's protests during the anthem.

The team reportedly asked Kaepernick if he would continue his protest if he was signed to the National Football League again and he was "unwilling to give that assurance to them".

The day after the scheduled workout, NFL attorneys administered a deposition in NY regarding the league alleged attempts to keep him out of the league. His NFL exile appeared to be coming to an end this week with reports that the Seahawks were bringing him in for a workout, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks backed off plans to take a look at Kaepernick.

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I did everything to try not to touch him. "I feel bad for the lads, who did well in Turin for 60 minutes and didn't score the goals they did tonight".

The Seahawks are searching for a backup quarterback behind Russell Wilson.

Given that Kaepernick's former teammate, Eric Reid, visited the Cincinnati Bengals this week and also was asked to give assurances that he wouldn't continue to kneel and left Cincinnati without a contract, the league doesn't appear to be doing much for its case.

Kaepernick hasn't been back on an NFL roster since the end of the 2016-17 season, despite the fact that he has more experience and better statistics than the majority of the backup quarterbacks in the league - and even some starting quarterbacks. Trevone Boykin was released last month after his arrest in Texas on suspicion of domestic violence. Therefore, he's still a free agent. A source told ESPN the trip was put off after the Seahawks argued about Kaepernick's anthem protest.

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