More than 24 teams were reportedly expected to watch Kaepernick at the showcase.
Let that one sink in. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta. From Kaepernick's perspective, it wasn't about Roger Goodell cleansing his conscience, and it wasn't about Jay-Z repairing his reputation.
Detroit is one of the teams prominently mentioned with Kaepernick.
One of the most outspoken of the protesting players, Kaepernick contends that teams would not sign him because they wanted to distance themselves from the protests, which U.S. President Donald Trump blasted as unpatriotic and disrespectful.
"I think the best case result for Colin Kaepernick out of this workout is signing what is called a futures contract for 2020 and beyond", he said. Jeff Foster, the president of NFL Scouting, who is also responsible for determining which draft prospects will attend each scouting combine, was set to run the workout.
It is now November and Kaepernick is just now getting a "serious" look from the National Football League, so we can put any type of Jay-Z influence helping Kaepernick to bed.
The NFL sent a memo Tuesday about the workout for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to its 32 teams, ESPN first reported. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are the only remaining teams who top Buffalo on the list. The league refused to allow media to be a part of the workout - which is a highly interesting condition, given that the NFL would film Roger Goodell feeding his dog if the NFL thought it could make money from the exercise.
But if we've learned anything in the last 48 hours, it's that nothing involving Kaepernick is going fall short of attracting the full attention of about every media outlet in the country. But suddenly this morning Kaepernick complained that the media were being overly restricted, and suddenly moved the event to a local high school and delayed the start time.