Colin Kaepernick snubbed yet again as wide receiver from his much-publicized workout gets NFL deal
Reporter John Keim announced on Wednesday that Jordan Veasy has been signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad.
The football hopeful, who assisted former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick with his workout, has reportedly received his own NFL deal. Reporter John Keim announced on Wednesday that Jordan Veasy has been signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad.
The NFL had arranged the tryouts for Kaepernick at Atlanta Falcons training facility in Georgia earlier this month, however, the location was shifted to a high school stadium at the last minute. Kaepernick, while commenting on the change, had stated that it was done so that the media could be present. Reports state that Kaepernick's team decided to move the location of his workout after they accused the NFL of not acting rightfully.
"From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset, the NFL league office has not provided one," his team said in a statement. "Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives."
During Kaepernick's televised workout, Veasy had jumped in to assist the quarterback to give him someone to throw to when the former San Francisco 49er held his own. Kaepernick's tryout, however, did not land him a job, but it did result in Veasy getting a workout with the Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns took a pass on Veasy, latest reports state that the Redskins were impressed enough with his performance to give the 24-year-old Alabama native a shot at its practice squad.
Meanwhile, there has been no good news for Kaepernick yet. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has not played a single game in the NFL ever since he left the team at the end of the 2016 session, the year he began his controversial protest of kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick stirred a national controversy in an effort to protest against reported police brutality against black people in the country. Other players soon took his cue and joined the protest in the 2016 season, while many others have continued the protest till now.
Police killed a total of 1,164 people in the United States in 2018, marking an increase from the 1,147 people killed in the country by policemen in 2017, according to MappingPoliceViolence.org. At least 25 percent of those killed were black people despite them making only 13% of the population. Kaepernick's movement drew heavy criticism from President Donald Trump, who even called for the owners of the NFL teams to fire the players who were participating in it.
The quarterback released a statement last week, saying: "I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here. [I] showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people."