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You can picture Colin Kaepernick dodging tacklers behind the line of scrimmage.
His receivers sprinting furiously toward the end zone.
His right arm launching the football skyward as the clock winds down.
Because it feels like Kaepernick is attempting a Hail Mary, as the clock winds down on his hopes of playing quarterback again in the NFL.
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.”
Those are the words atop a two-page document entitled “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.” His agent, Jeff Nalley, and PR director, Jasmine Windham, released it Thursday.
For Immediate Release? Really? Why now?
Kaepernick, 31, has been working out five days a week for three years in preparation to play again, according to the two-page document. So what has compelled him and his representatives to go this route?
As usual, Kaepernick is unavailable to field questions and clarify his position. Granted, his representatives suggest the document is necessary only because the news media has failed to do its job.
“There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin,’’ the document reads. “We believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is open for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.’’
The truth is, the news media has largely showered Kaepernick with praise since August 2016, when he first knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African Americans and social injustice. But now, five games into the 2019 NFL season, Kaepernick is taking his case to the public because apparently he feels has no other choice.
His agent has reached out to all 32 teams “with little of no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,’’ according to the document.
Fans might assume Kaepernick can’t play in the league because he filed a grievance against the NFL for alleged collusion. But, as the document points out, Eric Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate, filed the same grievance — which was settled between the parties — and he now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
“Colin has the same skill set that many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now,’’ reads the document.
True, indeed. Although Kaepernick is no longer young.
Many of the “false narratives’’ have been corrected or clarified long ago.
For example, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers after the 2016 season when the team told Kaepernick it planned to cut him. Not because the 49ers refused to meet any contractual demands.
The document also presents compelling statistical data showing just how effective Kaepernick was in 2016, when he was recovering from surgery on his right thumb, left knee and on his left shoulder. Of course that was nearly three years ago.
But here’s one bullet point not addressed in the statement: Kaepernick remains unemployed because he risked alienating the league and its fans with his protests. It was a noble thing to do, and the most obvious reason why he has yet to get an offer to return.
Surely there is no better unemployed quarterback on the planet. Kaepernick, after all, has 12,271 passing yards, a 4-2 record in the playoffs and, of course, a Super Bowl appearance.
But of his 72 passing touchdowns, there was not a game-winning Hail Mary among them.
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