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Report: Seahawks Cancel Meeting with Colin Kaepernick After He Refuses to Stop Anthem Protests

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks canceled a visit with Colin Kaepernick after he refused to say he would stop protesting during the playing of the national anthem.

Schefter reported that the Seahawks tried to get the former NFL player to commit to ending his protests, but Kaepernick refused:

The Seahawks had already shed their most outspoken anthem protester Michael Bennett. Presumably, bringing on yet another well-known protester would have been self-defeating.

The Seahawks insistence that Kaepernick commit to end his protests coincided with the Cincinnati Bengals grilling past anthem protester Eric Reid, over whether he planned to protest in this season. In addition, Bengals Owner Mike Brown plans to put an end to anthem protests at Paul Brown Stadium, according to reports.

Clearly, team owners have decided that the anthem protests have been damaging to the league’s bottom line. The NFL lost 23 million viewers last year, with anthem protests often cited as a reason why people stopped watching.

Reaction on Twitter to Schefter’s report was immediate, with outspoken ESPN writer Jemele Hill leading the pack:

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that although the Seahawks canceled Kaepernick’s workout, as Schefter reported, the decision had more to do with lack of a general plan, not just the anthem:

While its perfectly understandable that Kaepernick wouldn’t have much in the way of a plan, since, other than a brief passing exhibition in Houston, he’s been primarily engaged in social activism for well over a year.

The fact that Seattle scheduled a workout in the first place, shows that they must have been reasonably convinced that Kaepernick had football in his plans for next year. So, if the issue of anthem protests didn’t derail the process, then what did?

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Brad Linquist

    April 13, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Pro NFL football is losing viewers every year because of some of the players . Yes , they have rights to do things but to disrespect our flag and country is going too far.. If not for our Military Veterans from the past and present there would be no football or civil rights … Those Veterans are the reason we have a lot of things other countries don’t have.. How about joining the military and get a taste of what the Vets have been through to keep our country safe all these years.. Pretty sure your attitudes would change , if you survive the battles they face each and every day …… SEMPER FI !!!!!!

    • paulette

      April 13, 2018 at 2:06 am

      @BRAD,AMEN I TOTALLY AGREE

  2. paulette

    April 13, 2018 at 2:05 am

    PROTEST ON YOUR OWN TIME,NOT ON THE FIELD WHEN PEOPLE PAY GOOD MONEY TO SEE RESPECT TO THIS COUNTRY,YOU DONT LIKE IT,LEAVE THE COUNTRY

  3. McFerguson

    April 13, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Make’em pay for their protesting. If you take a knee for the National Anthem, then you take a seat for the game. It’s mandatory. And if you miss a game for selfishly protesting, and screwing the fans and advertisers which allow you to become a millionaire, then you don’t get paid for the game. Simple. For every game you miss because of your social justice activity, you essentially give up 1/16th of your annual salary. Which means you have a decision to make. Do you want to be a professional social justice warrior or a professional football player? It’s one or the other, but not both. Welcome to the real world where you not only have rights, but also responsibilities. It’s called adulthood. Can you handle it?.

  4. Larry S. Buchanan Jr.

    April 13, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Totally agree McFerguson. Hit them where they cae, the wallet!

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