It’s been nearly three years since we last saw Colin Kaepernick on an NFL football field. In that span, dozens of quarterbacks – some of questionable NFL talent – have started for injured or struggling starters.
In the wake of the NFL’s seeming refusal to even give Kaepernick the time of day, his agent has decided to release a statement addressing some “false narratives” about his client.
On Thursday, Kaepernick’s agents Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham released a detailed statement called Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick addressing some of the controversies surrounding his client.
Here were some of the main “false narratives” that Kaepernick’s agents presented:
- Kaepernick is still eligible to play in the NFL
- He has not received a workout from an NFL team
- His agents have reached out to all 32 teams
- Several years ago the Seattle Seahawks brought him in for an interview, but not a workout
- Former 49ers head coach Chip Kelly did not consider Kaepernick to be a distraction
- He has been working out every day in preparation to play football again
- His experience in the West Coast Offense makes him a viable player in nearly all NFL offenses
- Kaepernick’s stats justify his chance 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
Nalley and Windham present some solid points and arguments in their press release.
Unfortunately for Kaepernick and his agents, their press release is likely to fall on deaf ears to the owners.
They still remember the fan backlash to Kaepernick’s controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem. Additionally, his now-famous partnership and ad campaign with Nike was similarly polarizing among NFL fans.
Kaepernick very well might be capable of leading an NFL team to wins the way he did with the 49ers. But the only thing NFL owners care more about than winning is their bottom-line.
While Nike’s sales and stock rose since the Kaepernick partnership, NFL owners may not think he can do the same for their ratings.