Colin Kaepernick is not headed to the Seattle Seahawks to backup quarterback Russell Wilson. At least not now. Kaepernick was spurned by the Seahawks, who signed quarterback Austin Davis.
Colin Kaepernick is running out of options when it comes to NFL teams to play for. It is leaving some people to wonder if Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the league for not standing during the National Anthem last season
News of the Seattle Seahawks’ signing of Austin Davis (courtesy of ESPN) became official on Monday afternoon. There was a brief courtship between the Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick which lasted a couple of weeks. The fact that Kaepernick did not get picked up by the Seahawks comes across as a shock. It is more shocking given the praise Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had for the former San Francisco 49ers’ starter.
“Colin’s [Kaepernick] been a fantastic football player, and he’s going to continue to be. At this time, we didn’t do anything with it, but we know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league. And we have a starter. But he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”
Many of the NFL pundits saw the Seattle Seahawks as a perfect landing spot for Colin Kaepernick. That idea will have to be put on the back burner for now.
Stop using the NFL’s "media circus" as an excuse to avoid Colin Kaepernick https://t.co/SxDNfHdOWl pic.twitter.com/P6HdjVjQS7
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2017
Pete Carroll calling Colin Kaepernick a starting quarterback could be a nice way of saying thanks, but no thanks. What is unknown is whether or not the Seahawks ever engaged in contract negotiations with Kaepernick, or if it was just posturing.
There was a report by 247 Sports over the weekend that the Seattle Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick were far apart on the terms of a deal. If so, nothing was agreed upon. Now the talk of the NFL blackballing Kaepernick will only grow louder.
By originally sitting and eventually kneeling for the National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick did not please a lot NFL fans. Many of them were angry at the San Francisco 49ers’ star.
It’s remarkable how many of you white males rant about "free speech" on the n-word but wanted Colin Kaepernick fired.#BillMaher
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) June 3, 2017
Some called Kaepernick unpatriotic, while others went even further by targeting him with racial slurs and telling him to stick to playing sports. Even some high profile members in broadcast media, many with NFL ties, came out against (courtesy of Rolling Stone) Colin Kaepernick.
New York Giants owner John Mara recently revealed (courtesy of Pro Football Talk) that he has received several letters from fans. According to Mara, those fans have stated they would never buy another ticket if the Giants signed Kaepernick.
So @Giants fans cool with a serial wife abusing kicker, but will boycott @Kaepernick7 for protesting by kneeling during National Anthem https://t.co/qoo8ur836f
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 30, 2017
The backlash is starting to gain some detractors, who have criticized the Giants for employing kicker Josh Brown. The Giants kept Brown on the team, even after he admitted to domestic abuse (courtesy of ESPN) of his wife.
Despite the vitriol, Kaepernick has worked on his game and continues to keep his charitable pledge of donating money to different charities (courtesy of SB Nation) each month.
While he waits for a job, Colin Kaepernick continues his $1M charity pledge. $700K thru April. He announced the latest orgs benefiting pic.twitter.com/t3eRyoUY09
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick’s former 49ers’ teammate, wide receiver Torrey Smith, spent a part of last week coming to the quarterback’s defense, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“For me, I’ll speak for what’s right. People are accepting and willing to forgive people when they beat the hell out of women, sell drugs, do whatever, and commit all kinds of crimes, and you’re able to forget that.”
With the Seattle Seahawks choosing to sign Austin Davis instead of Colin Kaepernick, do not be surprised if those types of sentiments grow louder, especially given the fact that Davis has 13 touchdowns in his career, which is one less scoring strike than Colin Kaepernick had last season.
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