It has been reported that the Seattle Seahawks snub Colin Kaepernick and cancel his trip to a preseason camp after he told the team he will not stop protesting the national anthem by kneeling.
The team has been considering giving Kaepernick a crack at trying out for a spot on the team. According to ESPN, the team has not made any decision on whether or not Kaepernick will be brought into camp.
The former 49ers quarterback was contacted by the Seahawks about two weeks ago. He was given the chance to make a trip to the team’s practice center and practice with the team. According to sources, this trip was cancelled while the Seahawks battled it out about the anthem protests.
It’s not clear exactly when the former NFL quarterback was slated to practice with the Seahawks.
Per Fox News:
The team reportedly asked Kaepernick if he would continue his protest if he was signed to the NFL again and he was “unwilling to give that assurance to them.”
Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 to 2017 season as part of a protest against police brutality while he was with the San Francisco 49ers. Many other NFL players joined his protest, which angered many — most notably President Trump, who said Kaepernick should have been “suspended” for kneeling.
“The NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again,” Trump told Fox News Sean Hannity in October. “They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem.”
On Tuesday, Kaepernick attended a deposition with NFL lawyers in New York.
In October, Kaepernick filed a grievance case accusing NFL owners of colluding against him to keep him out of the league under a collective bargaining agreement. He opted out of his contract with the 49ers following the 2016 to 2017 season and has remained unsigned.
Since Kaepernick opted out of his contract, no NFL team has contacted him to join the team. The Baltimore Ravens were reportedly thinking about signing him last year but decided not to go forward.
Following news of the snub, ESPN senior correspondent Jemele Hill began tweeting about the report. Hill tweeted, “You mean it wasn’t just a football decision? :clutches imaginary pearls.”
You mean it wasn’t just a football decision? ::clutches imaginary pearls:: https://t.co/9XuBfT8so0
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 12, 2018
The Seahawks cleared a spot on their roster for a leading social justice warrior Michael Bennett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Bennett has repeatedly made the news for the wrong reasons, including running from the police and assaulting a 66-year-old paraplegic.