NFL Writer On Kaepernick: "This Isn't Black And White"

The Colin Kaepernick conundrum is nuanced, Terez Paylor says, even if most people don't see it that way

Reiter Than You
November 18, 2019 - 7:56 pm
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Colin Kaepernick moved the location of his workout Saturday, and on the one hand, it’s easy to see why.

“Head coaches, none of them are going to go to the workout because it’s one day before a game,” Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor said on Reiter Than You. “The GMs and most of the scouts, they’re going to be watching the college games that day. Saturdays are a bad day for that. Ideally, you make it Monday. You make it Tuesday – after the games have been played. They have flexibility in their week, but Saturday, giving like a three- or four-day warning, that’s just not ideal.”

On the other hand, some scouts reportedly didn’t like that the workout location was moved. In the end, representatives from eight NFL teams watched Kaepernick perform.

“I definitely think the arm strength was there. We all saw it,” Paylor said. “I just think the entire way this thing went down, though, I definitely think it annoyed league personnel. The guys I talked to were not happy that the workout ended up getting moved an hour away with very little warning. At the end of the day, I get it: this is a conflict, nuanced situation. I understand why Kap moved it. I understand why he won’t trust the NFL. But a lot of scouts did come see. The people I talked to were a little annoyed that that’s not what ended up happening, that it ended up being a different workout.”

Some people applauded Kaepernick for working out on his own terms, for not participating in what many felt was a P.R. stunt by the NFL. Others, meanwhile, found the decision foolish. Others found it annoying.

“Like everything, this isn’t black and white,” Paylor said. “It’s a shade of grey. I understand people aren’t allowed to have that opinion on something like this, but actually, things like this that are incredibly divisive are the ultimate proof of it being a shade of grey (rather) than black and white.”