Colin Kaepernick’s agent on Thursday released a memo to address “false narratives” surrounding his client. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Several teams across the league have lost their star quarterbacks to injury this year — Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Nick Foles, New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton — but attorney Jeff Nalley says NFL teams aren’t giving Kaepernick a shot.
“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin. In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it,” Nalley wrote
“No, not a single team has offered Colin a job since the 2016 season, in which he began his peaceful protest,” the memo said, adding that no NFL team has worked him out or have asked for salary demands.
Kaepernick has more than 72 touchdown passes, 12,000 passing yards and rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in his career. He has a 4-2 record in the playoffs, leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl and two NFC Conference games.
“In summary, it is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished,” the memo said.
In 2017, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers’ safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging the two they remained unsigned because of collusion by owners following the kneeling protest. In February, the NFL and lawyers for Kaepernick and Reid reached a private settlement.