On Tuesday, a scheduled meeting between both players and owners is set to take place in NYC, but wait…there’s a catch. Namely, as reports suggest, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making an appearance at the meeting, without any approval of attendance. Of course, this is probably going to cause a revolt among acting players and current teams, none of which was willing to sign Kaepernick for the upcoming season.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart explained other players invited Kaepernick to attend the gathering.
“We look forward to him joining the conversation,” Lockhart said, per ESPN.
At first, Lockhart was unsure of whether Kaepernick will be able to attend, but as it turns out, the timeframes of his ‘engagements’allowed him to show up.
However, it is worth mentioning the owners were not the ones who invited him, which may turn out to be a problem. At the same time, Kaepernick is filing a grievance, complaining the league deliberately pushed him out and wouldn’t take him back. So far, whenever a case of grievance emerged, it was usually handled through the NFL Players Association, but Kaepernick, as arrogant as we know him to be, hired lawyer Mark Geragos to represent him.
Philadelphia Eagles safety, Malcolm Jenkins, initially invited Kaepernick to the October 17th meeting as well, but due to legal proceedings, he refused to attend.
Official statement from Colin Kaepernick's legal team. He was not invited to today's NFL/NFLPA meeting pic.twitter.com/eliRuRC5Xa
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 17, 2017
Many players found it inexplicable that Colin did not receive a League’s invitation, or at least one by his former team, the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick earned his bad reputation as a result of his kneeling trends in direct disrespect of the national anthem, showing no remorse or will to reconsider.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said when he first sat for the anthem.
What’s about to happen at this meeting is still unclear, but we are putting our money on a feisty and dynamic, to say the least, development. It would be interesting, though, to see what Colin has to say to all owners who never wanted him there initially, and what they have to say to him for giving him the boot out of the league.