Footage of Kaepernick throwing a football in Houston emerged earlier this week, but according to Stephen A. Smith, Kaepernick’s decision to sue the league and accuse owners of colluding against him will keep him out of the league forever.
“In the case of Colin Kaepernick, you’ve made over $40 million dollars in your career in the National Football League. The original target of your protest had nothing to do with the NFL. You were talking about our society, and you used the NFL as a platform, because you were on the field, in uniform when you elected to take a knee during the national anthem. His message was hijacked by the President of the United States, we all know that. We get that, and that part was definitely wrong. But nevertheless, the owners are dealing with the residual impact of the president successfully hijacking that. And what they’re saying is, right or wrong, this is the profound effect that we believe it has had on our product – so we’re trying to move away from that, and Colin Kaepernick seems hellbent on not letting them do it. Which means his target has changed from addressing society to now addressing the National Football League. And the National Football League, is going to push back.”
When asked if Kaepernick will play in the league again, he stated the former 49ers QB seems too ‘preoccupied’ with other things.
“I think that he loves the fact that he’s been martyred. And he’s more preoccupied with that than being an NFL quarterback. I’m not saying he doesn’t want to be an NFL quarterback, I’m saying that that doesn’t appear to be his priority more than being martyred.” – TO