NFL Website Appears To Change Colin Kaepernick Status From 'Retired' After Backlash

Written by on May 23, 2020

The NFL’s web site has apparently eliminated the phrase “retired” as a designation for Colin Kaepernick. The league sparked a backlash after folks shared screenshots of the outline on Twitter. 

Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio persona and MTV host Nessa Diab, known as the NFL and its management “cowards” for labeling Kaepernick as retired on its web site in a tweet on Friday. 

The previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who started kneeling through the nationwide anthem at NFL video games in 2016 to protest racial injustice, has remained unsigned by any NFL crew since he grew to become a free agent after the 2016 season. The NFL has been broadly accused of blackballing Kaepernick for his activism. 

“The @NFL @nflcommish @NFLPA mendacity on their NFL web site claiming @Kaepernick7 ‘retired,’” Diab wrote within the publish, accompanied by a screenshot of the web site. “Colin did NOT retire. You cowards blackballed him bc he peacefully protested towards police brutality. He’s a Superbowl QB & must be taking part in bc his stats present that.”

On Saturday, Diab tweeted a screenshot of the NFL web site, which presently exhibits Kaepernick’s designation as “UFA,” or unrestricted free agent. 

The radio persona thanked her Twitter followers for serving to to carry consideration to Kaepernick’s classification on the league’s web site. 

“They heard you loud & clear bc the NFL put the correct description that @Kaepernick7 is a Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA),” Diab wrote. “Inform them to cease denying him employment.”

It’s unclear when the NFL up to date its web site to label Kaepernick as retired. The league has not publicly acknowledged the obvious latest change to UFA.

Representatives for the NFL didn’t instantly return a request for remark. 

NFL.com listed Kaepernick as retired as a part of modifications made to the web site amid a latest redesign, NBC’s ProFootballTalk reported.

The dust-up over the NFL web site’s classification of Kaepernick follows years of controversy over his employment standing with the league since his final season in 2016.

In November, the NFL supplied to host an impromptu and unprecedented exercise for Kaepernick on the Atlanta Falcons’ facility. However Kaepernick ended up holding a crew exercise at a distinct location, and the NFL association finally fell via over numerous disagreements, together with a legal responsibility waiver.

Kaepernick introduced in February that he would publish a memoir. He informed USA In the present day on the time that his “need to play soccer remains to be there.”

“I nonetheless prepare 5 days every week,” Kaepernick mentioned. “I’m able to go. I’m prepared for a cellphone name, tryout, exercise at any time limit. I’m nonetheless ready on the homeowners and their companions to cease operating from this example. So I hope I get a name this low season. I’ll be wanting ahead to it.”


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