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Report: Seahawks delay Kaepernick visit after QB declines to stop kneeling during anthem


Updated April 12, 2018 03:02 PM EDT

by Daniel Miller, WJLA

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — The Seattle Seahawks have postponed a visit with free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he reportedly declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter tweets the team arranged for Kaepernick to work out for them this week. He also reports Seattle may still consider bringing him for a tryout, and a final decision has not been made yet.

According to Schefter, the Seahawks reached out to Kaepernick two weeks ago to schedule a visit to the team's facility. A source tells ESPN the team wanted to know that the quarterback wouldn't kneel during the upcoming season, but Kaepernick was not willing to guarantee that to the club.

Schefter reports Kaepernick had a deposition with NFL attorneys in New York. The deposition is related to the free agent's lawsuit against the NFL asserting owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protest during the anthem.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016. As a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, the quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice, and police brutality against African Americans and other people of color.

Kaepernick left the Niners later that year, and ESPN reported the team would have released him had he not opted to leave.

The movement grew even larger in 2017 as more NFL players began to kneel during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump called for the firing of players who kneeled during the anthem. Following his comments, he later tweeted "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!"

In Nov. 2017, Kaepernick was named GQ's "Citizen of the Year." He stated at the time he participated in the GQ story because he wanted take back the discussion of his protest after Trump and other critics questioned whether or not his kneeling during the national anthem was unpatriotic.

Reports later surfaced that NFL owners were considering requiring their players to stand during the national anthem.

Kaepernick filed a grievance in Oct. 2017 against the NFL accusing owners of collusion, and initiated it under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Several supporters of Kaepernick have criticized the NFL owners for not giving him a job while choosing to sign other quarterbacks with far less experience and less impressive resumes. In 2017, several starting quarterbacks played inconsistent or suffered season ending injuries.

In six NFL seasons, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with a completion percentage of 59.8 while rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has a career quarterback rating of 88.9 and has appeared in two NFC Championship games and Super Bowl XLVII.

Kaepernick finished with 2,241 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions while rushing for 468 yards and two scores as a part of a 49ers team that finished 2-14 in 2016.

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