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USA: 'Stop running from the truth' - Divisive football star Kaepernick calls out NFL after session snub

1 17.11.2019 Инфо

SOT, Colin Kaepernick, American football quarterback: "First, let me start by saying, I appreciate you all coming out, that means a lot to me. Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on. We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It's important that you all are here. You've all been attacked for the last three years, you all continued to be attacked, we appreciate what you all do, we appreciate that you [could] be here today. We appreciate the work that you do for the people in telling the truth, and that's what we want in everything.
I've been ready for three years, I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here and showed you today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.
We're out here, we're ready to play, we're ready to go anywhere. My agent Jeff Nalley is ready to talk to any team. I'll interview any team at any time. I've been ready, I'm staying ready, and I'll continue to be ready. And to all the people who came out today to support, I appreciate you all, I love you all. To the people [who] aren't here, I'm thinking of you, I appreciate you supporting from where you are. We'll continue to give you updates, as we hear. We'll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams. We'll let you know if we hear from them. Ball's in their court, we're ready to go."
W/S Kaepernick practising on pitch
W/S Kaepernick practising on pitch
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a last-minute venue change after he had been invited to a workout session by the NFL in Georgia on Saturday evening.
Plans had initially been made to hold an open workout at the Atlanta Falcons' training centre in Flowery Branch but Kaepernick changed the location to the Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale in order to invite media to view the session.
The NFL registered Kaepernick as a no-show and expressed their disappointment in a statement.
"Today's session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants, an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL," the league said.
Following the 40-minute-long session, Kaepernick explained he had made the decision to move so he could have 'transparency.'
"We have nothing to hide," he said in a 90-second statement. "We're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams and [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people."
In late 2017, Kaepernick polarised public opinion by kneeling during the US national anthem in a protest against racial injustice. Kaepernick's stand led to many other players taking the knee and, in turn, US President Donald Trump called on the NFL to 'fire' any player who protested during the anthem.
At the end of the season Kaepernick became a free agent and franchises declined to sign him, leading to a grievance case against the NFL who he accused of 'colluding' to keep him out of the league.