Instead, he skipped an NFL-sponsored event and ran one of his own in Riverdale, south of Atlanta. He then met with fans who were rushing to the new location and told the league that the ball was in his court. .
The NFL retreats back
In a lengthy statement Saturday night, the league said it was disappointed with the last change of venue. He said it happened half an hour before the event began, and more than three-quarters of NFL clubs planned to attend before the change.
"Twenty-five clubs were present for the training. All 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers and other HR executives would receive video footage of the interview and training sessions captured by the Atlanta Falcons video team," the NFL said in a statement .
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Why change the seat
Kaepernick representatives say they want the session to be open to the media and the NFL to come on board, forcing it to change seats. His agents also said he was told not to bring his own film crew to the previous location.
"From the outset, Mr. Kaypernik requested a legitimate process and from the outset, the NFL's league service did not provide it." his replies shall be stated in a statement. Copernicus also said he wanted more people to see what happened at the workout, and therefore the move.
"Our biggest thing today was making sure we had transparency in what was happening. We didn't get it elsewhere, so we went out here," he said.
His camp was also upset by the responsibility the NFL waiver required the player to sign, stating it was "unusual" and "addressing employment issues." They said the NFL rejected the standard waiver they offered.
The NFL described the waiver as one used by free agent signing teams, and stated that its representatives were sending a completely revised one. He said he had "made significant efforts" to work with his representatives.
He said he did it to protest police shootings of African people and other social injustices facing blacks in the United States.
In 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent, but no team offered him a contract. He filed a complaint against the championship, accusing team owners of colluding not to sign it. The NFL denied any collusion, and they reached an agreement with Copernicus and former teammate Eric Reed, who knelt with him.