After nearly three years of cold shoulders from the National Football League, Colin Kaepernick may be getting back into the game.
According to an ESPN report, the former San Francisco 49er, whose kneeling during the national anthem drew the ire of conservative commentators up to and including President Donald Trump, has been invited by the NFL to an interview and private workout in Atlanta Saturday. All 32 teams are invited to the workout.
Kaepernick’s representatives have said they’ve received “little to no response” from NFL teams about the free-agent quarterback since he was released from his contract in early 2017. In an October 10 statement, his representatives said Kaepernick “has been working out 5 days a week, for three years, in preparation to play again.”
Colin Kaepernick’s representatives released statements today to clear up some facts surrounding their client: pic.twitter.com/Wo86KTkKDM— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019
Kaepernick seemed pleased with the news: “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” he tweeted. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019
Kaepernick’s troubles began when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Since Kaepernick stopped playing, other players have carried the torch for him and continued the protest.