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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NFL says it learned of Colin Kaepernick workout move via Twitter

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick ultimately participated in a workout in Georgia on Saturday, but it was not the NFL-sponsored one that was originally intended.

Kaepernick and the NFL are engaging in something of a PR war after Kaepernick opted to move the location of his workout. That decision, according to Kaepernick’s representatives, came about because the NFL refused to allow the media to attend, as well as a dispute over an injury waiver.

The NFL is firing back via Twitter, claiming that Kaepernick’s requests for media availability and his own injury waiver were abruptly sent to the league today, and the NFL didn’t find out about Kaepernick’s change of venue until it was posted by his representatives on Twitter.

On the issue of video, it’s abundantly clear that Kaepernick’s reps did not trust the NFL to present a fair depiction of Kaepernick’s workout. The rest is simply a matter of who you believe more, as Kaepernick claimed the league refused to allow the media to attend and sought to have him sign a non-standard injury waiver. In the end, Kaepernick’s workout was not sanctioned by the NFL, and didn’t even feature the coach the NFL had brought in to run it. It was, however, streamed live online.

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