Colin Kaepernick is facing some criticism for an interesting T-shirt choice at his workout for NFL teams in the Atlanta, Georgia area on Saturday evening.
The former NFL quarterback, who’s been out of the league since 2016 after kneeling during the national anthem, wore a “Kunta Kinte” shirt to his workout, held at a local high school.
Kunta Kinte is a character in the 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by American author Alex Haley. Kinte was an African native, taken to America as a slave.
The character has since been referenced in some prominent films, including Coming to America. He was also one of the main characters in the Roots miniseries.
Kap is wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt before his workout for NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/BZrWbdJiQd
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) November 16, 2019
Some believe Kaepernick should not have worn this shirt to his NFL workout.
Kaep workout https://t.co/8y2P817cXI
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 17, 2019
Colin Kaepernick, who has made tens of millions of dollars playing football, showed up for his NFL workout with a film crew in a Kunta Kinte shirt, equating himself with the slave from Roots. I honestly believe he doesn’t want a job, he wants to remain a victim & woke SJW martyr. pic.twitter.com/sjFpo1NaIw
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 17, 2019
He doesn't want to play. pic.twitter.com/ZuSI1IVW9r
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019
Kaepernick, meanwhile, issued a strong message to reporters following his workout.
“I’ve been ready for three years,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why. I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running — stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.”
There were reportedly eight teams in attendance at Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday, which was moved from the Falcons’ facility to a high school about 60 miles away. Several NFL teams didn’t show up to the workout following the location change.
Bills said they did not attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout; so there was an eighth team there that still needs to be identified. https://t.co/ZficY1bTNE
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 17, 2019
Kaepernick reportedly impressed scouts with his arm strength during his workout, though it remains to be seen if anyone is seriously considering signing him.