With Colin Kaepernick set to work out for NFL teams on Saturday, a number of the free agent quarterback’s supporters have criticized the NFL, blasting the league for setting up, in their view, a “publicity stunt” rather than a legitimate opportunity to get back into the league.
According to multiple reports, the league gave Kaepernick a two-hour window to accept the workout and turned down the quarterback’s request to hold the workout a few days later.
The league organized the event and invited all 32 teams to attend, though it’s unclear how many of them will show up. So far, the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions have announced they will send scouts to watch Kaepernick’s performance.
Because of the circumstances, some were quick to criticize the league, including Panthers safety (and Kaepernick’s friend) Eric Reid:
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, the season when he started to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. The 32-year-old filed a grievance against the league, alleging owners conspired to blackball him, but has since settled the case.
On Twitter, Kaepernick said he “can’t wait” to perform in front of NFL general managers and coaches.