Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Roger Goodell Reacts To Colin Kaepernick's NFL Workout Debacle

Roger Goodell Reacts To Colin Kaepernick's NFL Workout Debacle

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league has "moved on" from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who changed the venue last-minute for an NFL sponsored workout and held his own workout last month. It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity", Goodell said, according to Reuters, "and he chose not to take it.

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".

The NFL hastily arranged a workout for Kaepernick in what appeared to be an attempt at winning positive publicity.

Despite a petition calling for his removal, Michael Vick will serve as the NFL's honorary Pro Bowl captain this year, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said.

"It was about opportunity, a credible opportunity", Goodell said. Kaepernick instead moved the workout to an Atlanta-area high school.

They went on to say that despite their feelings, the last-minute change would not affect Kapernick's "status in the league", and that the player would still have the ability to sign a contract with any team.

Speaking with the media at the Winter League Meetings on Wednesday, Goodell was asked about the botched workout and was eager to stress the issue was firmly in the past as far as the league was concerned.

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneels for the National Anthem before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on October 23, 2016.

Teams were expressing interest in knowing whether Kaepernick was serious about playing. So we are waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, everyone to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people'. That led to speculation that Kaepernick might get another chance. The commissioner indicated the league has walked away from setting up any more opportnuities for the former player.

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