Update (2/15/19, 2:27 pm): The Associated Press is reporting that the NFL has reached a settlement with Colin Kapernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid to end the players "collusion case" against the league:
BREAKING: NFL says it has settled collusion lawsuits by Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 15, 2019
The NFL and representation for Kaepernick and Reid released the following statement, according to CNBC:
For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.
Original Story: We've constantly been told that unemployed quarterback and anti-police activist Colin Kaepernick deserves to play football because that’s all he wants to do. Typically, we hear that from everyone but Kaepernick. It was never about playing a game that he supposedly loves. It’s about money.
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that a "source" told them that Kaepernick had been offered to play in the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) league but turned it down because he wanted an exorbitant amount of money to play in the brand new league.
Kaepernick reportedly wanted “$20 million or more to consider playing with the league [AAF].” Notice the wording. Kaepernick wanted that much money “to consider” playing in that league. That means that Kaepernick wouldn’t even consider it unless they threw a ridiculous amount of money to a player that hasn’t played a snap in the last two-plus years.
According to the AP:
Players earn $225,000 over three years in the Alliance, but they also are free beginning in May to pursue NFL careers. Should they not catch on there, they are obligated to return to the AAF next season.
The AAF is a brand new league. If each player is only making $75,000/yr., then the $20 million Kaepernick wanted could fund multiple teams and make them better. Why would a new league pay one player 266 times the amount the rest of the players make? It doesn’t make sense, and that’s because it’s not about playing football for Kaepernick.
Further proving that point are the multiple opportunities that Kaepernick had to join a National Football League (NFL) roster over the last couple of years. He opted out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers after the last season he played, which cost him $14.5 million for the 2017 season. Kaepernick also had an opportunity to play with the Baltimore Ravens, that latter of which was nullified after his racist girlfriend, Nessa Diab, posted a meme in a tweet basically calling the Ravens owner a slave master and the franchise’s all-time greatest player, Ray Lewis, his loyal slave.
And we haven’t even talked about Kaepernick’s “woke,” social justice kneeling protests that he began in 2016. If football is “America’s Game,” as a lot of people use to like to call it, then why would someone choose to disrespect the flag and the anthem that are symbols of the country that provided for Kaepernick to even be known?
If Kaepernick truly wants to play football, then he has no one to blame but himself for his failure to procure a job. There’s even an ongoing lawsuit, filed by Kaepernick, that claims NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league.
The AAF offered Kaepernick a chance to continue to play the game he supposedly loves. But, the only league that could even come close to affording him, if he in fact wants that ridiculous level of money no matter where he plays, is the NFL. He may have already burned that bridge.
H/T: Sporting News