Kaepernick ditches NFL workout, holds own public session
“The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin’s representatives,” the league statement said. “We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview.
“Yesterday, when Colin’s representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request.”
Former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson was brought in to oversee the session and spoke with Kaepernick’s agent about exactly what drills would be run to he would know what to expect.
Jackson did not take part once the location was moved, a posting on the NFL’s website said.
– Kaepernick sending film –
The league also said it agreed to a request by Kaepernick that Nike be able to shoot an advertisement featuring him and mentioning every NFL team that attended the workout.
Kaepernick’s representatives told the NFL Network they plan to film the quarterback’s open session and send the video to every NFL club.
Kaepernick attorney Ben Meiselas and agent Jeff Nalley told ESPN in a statement their client wanted “a transparent and open process, which is why a new location has been selected.”
“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” the statement said.
“The NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.”
The failure to have an NFL-sanctioned workout session keeps Kaepernick a free agent with no offers.
“Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the league,” the NFL said. “He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”