Teams reportedly concerned about Colin Kaepernick’s vegan diet
Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent, and there are more than a few people who think that has a lot to do with the quarterback’s decision to protest the national anthem last season. But could some teams be concerned about what Kaepernick is — or is not — putting into his body?
Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that there are some concerns about Kaepernick’s vegan diet.
At season’s end, Colin Kaepernick stated he was fully committed to football. But some teams are unconvinced and wonder about his vegan diet.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 31, 2017
Kaepernick’s weight at the start of last season was significantly below his playing weight of 225 pounds, and he acknowledged that he needed to address his diet. He ended up playing well down the stretch, so it’s unclear if he made adjustments in order to add some muscle mass.
Kaepernick decided to convert to a vegan lifestyle over a year ago with his girlfriend, who is known for her role in an MTV show. He said he felt healthier and happier after eliminating animal products from his diet, but it can be extremely difficult for a professional athlete to maintain weight on a strict vegan diet.
Of course, most of the talk surrounding Kaepernick this offseason is that he is being blacklisted by NFL teams because of his controversial political viewpoints. We have also heard that the 29-year-old is making contract demands that are too high. It’s possible all of those factors have played a role in Kaepernick remaining unsigned.