Since being left out of the 2017 NFL season, season Colin Kaepernick is desperate to get a spot on any team and his supporters still hold out hope that he will.
According to Fox News, some reporters felt he might’ve had a spot with the Green Bay Packers after their Quarterback, Aaron Rogers, broke his collarbone. Coach Mike McCarthy bluntly said it wouldn’t happen, “Did you just listen to that question I just answered? I got three years invested in Brett Hundley. Two years invested in Joe Callahan. The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be. Okay? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rogers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”
After Kaepernick left the San Francisco 49ers to become a free agent, he found that none of the teams in the NFL were wanting to hire him. Now that it’s been several months and still no one wants him, Kaepernick believes it’s because they’re conspiring against him according to Fox News.
Kaepernick has hired an attorney and filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the numerous teams of colluding against him. According to his attorney, Mark Geragos, Kaepernick is accusing them of collusion “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
Geragos explains what Kaepernick believes is the reason no one will hire him.
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest – which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago – should not be punished, and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation,” Geragos said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied there was any collusion, saying that Kaepernick wasn’t picked because he wouldn’t have benefited any of the teams who would’ve picked him, “I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.”
Coach McCarthy’s response to reporters questioning whether he would sign on Kaepernick is evidence of that. He’s been working on his backup quarterbacks for years, preparing them for the day they might have to take Rodgers’ place.
After such extensive preparation and training, it would make zero sense to bring in someone brand new to the team with no preparation and no understanding of how they operate as a team.
Now it’s entirely possible that there may have been at least a few teams in the NFL who refused to hire Kaepernick for the sole reason of his protests. But who can blame them?
The Packers aren’t picking up Kaepernick — do you think they’re doing the right thing?
When tasked with building a team capable of winning games, who are they more likely to pick: a player who does his job well without alienating fans and generating controversy, or a player who would likely be more focused on his political activism than his job?
Coaches like McCarthy are too busy training their teams to win football to worry about giving a controversial player like Kaepernick a second chance in order to win political points with the Left.