Colin Kaepernick is not backing down about taking a knee to protest racial injustice in the U.S.
The Seattle Seahawks postponed a planned workout with Colin Kaepernick when the free-agent quarterback declined to commit to not kneeling during the national anthem, according to a report from ESPN. When Kaepernick declined to give the Seahawks assurances that he would discontinue his kneel-downs during the national anthem, the Seahawks postponed his trip. A source told the website the Seahawks are still considering bringing Kaepernick in for a tryout.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed the cancellation by the Seahawks, but said it was not because of Kaepernick's declining to stand during the anthem, but rather a lack of "a firm plan" on "how to handle everything".
Kaepernick himself has been deposed under oath by the NFL's attorneys earlier this week in NY.
Kaepernick has been out of a job since the end of the 2016 season, with no team picking him up after the quarterback parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick has since filed a grievance against the league. Recently he met with the Cincinnati Bengals owner and coaches, who wished to know his plans for passing the time during the national anthem should he sign with the team.
Kaepernick, 30, visited with the Seahawks last May, when Seattle was in the market for a backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson, but the team decided not to sign him. That, according to Schefter, may have scared the Seahawks, who have already parted ways with outspoken activists Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman this offseason.
Kaepernick made national headlines throughout the 2016 season when he kicked-off the trend of player protests during the 'Star-Spangled Banner'.
McNair was infamously quoted in an ESPN report as suggesting the league should crack down on protests because 'we can't have the inmates running the prison'.
Reid previously wrote on Twitter that his activism was affecting his search for a new team.