The Seattle Seahawks postponed a meeting with Colin Kaepernick this week for a workout with team officials after he declined to say he would stop kneeling during the national anthem next season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the decision, citing a league source on Thursday who said that the Seahawks wanted to know that Kaepernick wouldn’t kneel this season, and he was unwilling to give that assurance to them.
After arranging for Colin Kaepernick to work out for the Seahawks this week, Seattle postponed the trip when the quarterback declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season, league sources tell ESPN.
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The team wants a firmer plan from Kaepernick about all of his off-field activities, including but not limited to kneeling for the anthem, and how that might impact football, according to the Seattle Times.
Representatives for the Seahawks and for Kaepernick did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The former 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player to protest the national anthem when he kneeled to protest racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans during a 2016 preseason game.
The move quickly spread around the NFL and led President Trump to openly speak out against the league last season and call for players to be fired if they protest.
No NFL team has worked out Kaepernick since he became a free agent after the 2016 season. The QB led the Niners to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Seahawks are currently looking for a backup to Russell Wilson, but are considering other options along with Kaepernick.