Colin Kaepernick will train for the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, sources say

Colin Kaepernick, who last played professional football in 2016 – the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice – is scheduled to prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, his sources said. championship on ESPN.

It will mark Kaepernick’s first training session with an NFL team since his exile, and it will be the first time the former star general has visited a team since flying to Seattle to meet the Seattle Seahawks in May 2017 before giving the opportunity to sign him.

Kaepernick played at the University of Nevada at Reno, which was the only school that offered him a scholarship, and now the professional team in Nevada is the only one in the NFL that is open to giving the rights activist another chance.

Raiders owner Mark Davis follows in the footsteps of the late Al Davis’s father, who was active in civil rights. Al Davis became the first NFL owner in modern times to hire a Black Head coach at Art Shell, a female CEO at Amy Trask and also became the second NFL owner to hire a Latino coach at Tom Flores.

The NFL had said it encouraged teams to take a look at Kaepernick. But not only has Kaepernick not signed a contract with any team, but he has not received a single training session until what is now scheduled for Wednesday.

Mark Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez in June 2020 that he would give his “blessing” if the front office or the Raiders coaches wanted to add Kaepernick.

Derek Carr is currently the original general for the Raiders, who also traded back-up Jarrett Stidham earlier this month in a deal with the New England Patriots. Las Vegas also has General Nick Mullens, who signed with the Raiders this off-season.

Kaepernick, 34, recently flew into unrequited NFL scout receivers at halftime of the Michigan Spring Race, at the invitation of Jim Harbaugh, his former coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

Another possible link with Kaepernick is the Raiders’s attack coordinator, Mick Lombardi, who was the 49ers’ assistant from 2013-2016.

In an interview with the “I Am Athlete” podcast, Kaepernick noted that both former Niners coaches, Harbaugh and Chip Kelly, said he “did better in the locker room,” citing a narrative that would distract any team signing him. .

“That 2016 season, my last year, my teammates voted me the most courageous and inspiring player,” he said. “Well, when you talk about the people in the building, it never turns out to be distracting.”

Kaepernick also said in the interview that the current NFL should be more in line with its social views, given the league’s stance on other issues related to racial relations in the US

“You have ‘End Racism’ on the back of your final belt. You have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on your helmet. Everything I said should be in line with what you say in public,” he said. “It’s a $ 16 billion business. When I first knelt down, my shirt went to No. 1. When I made the deal with Nike, their value increased by six billion dollars. Six billion. With a B.

“… So if you’re talking about the business side, it seems [it’s] beneficial. If you’re talking about the fighting side, come on, let me compete. You can rate me from there. The NFL is supposed to be meritocracy. Come on in, let me compete. If I’m not good enough, get rid of me. “But let me go in and show you.”

Kaepernick said he finally wants to win a championship after getting so close to the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, where San Francisco was one game behind in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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