Jay-Z Reportedly Played A Part In Getting Colin Kaepernick A Workout With The NFL
Twitter folks had a lot to say about Jay-Z allegedly playing a role in Kaepernick's workout on Saturday.
Update (November 13, 2019): NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport confirmed on Wednesday that Jay-Z was integral in getting Colin Kaepernick his latest tryout, which will take place on Saturday in Atlanta.
Two notes: 1. Jay-Z, a partner with the NFL on social justice, had some influence here. 2. This is not part of Kaepernick’s settlement, nor did he ask for this in his settlement. https://t.co/6l7z3MYJ5x— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2019'
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There was a deluge of responses on Twitter to the news about the tryout and Jay-Z’s potential involvement.
For some, it was vindication for the mogul after months of withering criticism related to his lucrative deal with the sports league.
I know Colin wants to play, but this feels so disingenuous on the NFL’s part. I’ve said this since the first time Donald Trump called him out at a rally: Colin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again. I hope I’m very wrong about this, but NFL owners are cowardly. https://t.co/PBB8j4Spd7— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 13, 2019'
Let me get this straight... The very same Jay-Z who was slandered by @E_Reid35 & @Kaepernick7, for taking an executive position with the NFL...actually used that very executive position to help Kaepernick in his quest to take a position with the NFL.🤔— No Filter (@ZigWilliams) November 13, 2019'
Wow...imagine that🤨 pic.twitter.com/QGxsNtUq81
OR, this feels like what you’ve been wanting to see: can we really doubt that without JAY-Z’s presence such a workout would be tenable? We know teams can’t be made to hire anyone, but getting this done is huge for the wonderful @Kaepernick7 and a reflection of Jay’s influence. https://t.co/lBbyh7ACvM— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) November 13, 2019'
@JAY_Z_Daily Hov does a deal with the NFL and a few weeks later teams are showing up to see Kaepernick workout. Not saying he will get a job but for 3yrs they didnt want anything to do with him. *just thinking out loud*— William Davis (@WDavisIII) November 13, 2019'
Others said the tryout was an insult because the NFL forced Kaepernick to do the tryout on a Saturday, meaning most coaches and senior executives won’t be able to get there ahead of the games on Sunday.
Some people heavily critiqued Kaepernick having to go through a combine-style workout similar to those held for rookies, not ones held for quarterbacks who've led teams to Super Bowls.
Sports Illustrated reporter Michael Silver wrote a lengthy thread explaining the confusion both Kaepernick and NFL teams felt about the decision to hold the workout on a Saturday.
“Not only was @Kaepernick7 caught off guard by Tuesday's league-initiated push for the workout, but so were most (or perhaps all) team executives. Kaepernick was given 2 hours to accept or reject the league's offer, and the date and place were non-negotiable. Ideally this workout would take place on a Tuesday (when most players are off, and coaches and GMs have more flexibility in their schedules), with a little more lead time to prepare,” Silver wrote.
“Because it's Saturday, most teams will likely send pro scouts or other talent evaluators without decision-making power. That said, expect most teams to have at least one representative at the workout, if only because no organization wants to be singled out as non-compliant. It begs the question: If teams are interested enough to send employees to Atlanta to watch him on Saturday, why were so few of them motivated to bring him in for private workouts over the past 2 years, 8 months?” he added.
He went on to question a number of decisions by the NFL that blindsided teams and Kaepernick, including the need for “an interview” after the workout. Silver also relayed how some NFL general managers felt about the situation.
“Some teams are dubious about the circus element of the affair. Said one GM: "Would every team send the representative in a black T-shirt and trucker hat...without their logo, so it's not plastered all over the world?" Kaepernick sincerely wants to play. He has not rejected any offers. He has not demanded a certain salary or refused to be a backup. He is open to discussing all NFL opportunities,” Silver wrote.
When news of Jay-Z’s involvement broke, the internet was similarly in its feelings, either praising Jay-Z and slamming his critics or continuing to attack the billionaire for his seemingly futile social justice efforts.
This feels like if a guy invites an old girlfriend to dinner, gets her hopes up at the possibly of getting back together, but he really just wants to end the relationship on good terms so she tells all her friends that he isn’t the lying, manipulating pig they believe him to be https://t.co/34aCeLP7Hn— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) November 13, 2019'
The #Kaepernick workout seems like a scam to allow their pawn Jay Z to say something “actionable” came out of his money grab. How tf you make a Super Bowl QB go through the same process rookies go through? It’s hazing. It’s demeaning. It’s his only chance.— TruthBeTold (@Big6domino) November 13, 2019'
NFL tryna sabotage Colin Kaepernick's workout by scheduling it short notice AND on a Saturday when scouts are all over the country for college football games BUUUUUUT I guess that's the best Jay Z could do— Ronald A Coon, yeah (@dBdaSportsGuru) November 13, 2019'
Jay Z got Kaepernick the sham workout? pic.twitter.com/GvgZQ0zOE5— Mitch Trubisky Hater Account (@DJBLHolla) November 13, 2019'
Neither Jay-Z nor Kaepernick have commented on the speculations themselves.
Original (November 13, 2019): Colin Kaepernick may be getting a chance to play football again.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, NFL teams have been invited to attend a private workout Saturday in Atlanta to watch the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season when he started protesting police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem before games. The 32-year-old opted out of his contract with the 49ers following that season and hasn't been signed by any team since then.
ESPN obtained a memo from the NFL on Tuesday, saying the league has been discussing some possible steps with Kaepernick's representatives to help him make a comeback. The league said the quarterback's representatives recently emphasized his level of preparation.
"We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career," the NFL's memo stated.
In a Tuesday tweet, Kaepernick said he is ready for the workout.
"I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday," the quarterback tweeted. "I’ve been in shape and ready for this for three years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."
I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019'
According to The Washington Post, Kaepernick and the NFL recently reached a settlement after the quarterback accused the league and its 32 teams of colluding, saying they tried to stop him from playing because of his protests.
Saturday's workout will reportedly include on-field work and interviews with the teams, but it will be closed to the media.
According to CBS, the 32-year-old quarterback has passed for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 career games, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013.