Irving, TX – National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league has “moved on” from controversial former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Goodell made his comments on Dec. 11, weeks after the NFL planned a high-profile workout for Kaepernick to try and get back into the league, according to CNN.
“This was about creating an opportunity,” Goodell said, according to CBS News. “We created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, an incredible opportunity and he chose not to take it. I understand that. And we’ve moved on here.”
Kaepernick changed the venue of the planned workout at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility to a high school football field about 60 miles away without giving the NFL scouts attending much notice.
CBS News reported that Kaepernick told the league about the venue change just 30 minutes before it was to start.
Kaepernick and his agent, Jeff Nalley, claimed the move was made to increase transparency and make sure nobody edited film from the workout, CBS News reported.
However, scouts and coaches may have interpreted the shift as just another diva-esque move by the controversial, high-maintenance former football star.
Former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan explained to ESPN why teams are reluctant to sign the former San Francisco quarterback who was the first to kneel on the field for the National Anthem, claiming he did so to protest police brutality.
“As a coach, you don’t want the circus in your locker room,” Ryan said. “But I’m sorry, but that’s what it is. Is it gonna be worth all the extra media? You’re gonna have a backup quarterback having press conferences and all those types of things. And part of being a backup is accepting your role. You push the starter but you accept the role as a backup.”
Ironically, while Kaepernick generated no interest from the teams that attended his workout, one of the wide receivers he threw a 50-yard pass to that day caught the eye of several scouts, USA Today reported.
The Washington Redskins signed Jordan Veasy to their practice squad on Dec. 5 after that catch was captured on video and went viral.
“It helped,” Veasy told The Washington Post. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just being a part of the history of it, and I knew it was going to help me.”
Kaepernick, who turned 32 in November, hasn’t played in the NFL since he left the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season.
He had a 3-16 record as a starting quarterback in his final two years with the team.