‘We’ve moved on’ from Colin Kaepernick, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says

Tanya Simon
December 12, 2019

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Colin Kaepernick was given a "credible opportunity", but the league is "moving on".

In a Wednesday press conference, Goodell said that he understood Kaepernick's decision not to take part in the workout, adding that the goal of the workout was to give Kaepernick a "credible opportunity" to get back into the league.

Representatives for Kaepernick, who has long maintained that he is ready to rejoin the league, said the workout was moved to the high school facility as a result of the NFL not conducting the workout as a "legitimate process".

Jordan Veasy, one of the wide receivers who participated in Kaepernick's workout in Riverdale, was signed this month to the Washington Redskins' practice squad.

"We all know why I came out here: to show you today, in front of everybody, we have nothing to hide", he said.

"It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity", Goodell said.

The NFL hastily arranged a workout for Kaepernick in what appeared to be an attempt at winning positive publicity. "He chose not to take it, and I understand that", Goodell told the media.

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The other finalists were Brooke Henderson (golf), Andre De Grasse (athletics), Mike Soroka (baseball) and Jordan Binnington (hockey).

Sources previously told NFL.com that the former San Francisco 49ers star showed good arm strength, but only average accuracy during the tryout.

"I haven't thought about this in a few weeks", Goodell said.

According to ESPN, Kaepernick has still yet to receive any interest following the event. "So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them, to stop running".

On Wednesday afternoon, Goodell talked with the media following a league meeting in Dallas, Texas.

"We're out here. We're ready to play". Stop running from the truth.

Kaepernick protested police brutality and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem and has been out of football since 2016.

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