Colin Kaepernick is one of the more controversial figures in sports to date. Since he took to kneeling for the national anthem in 2016, he's been making more headlines off the field than on. And a major reason for this is that, in spite of the star's clear talent, he's been deemed too much of a liability, and he's had a lot of trouble getting signed.
But the NFL extended an olive branch of sorts, organizing a workout for Kaepernick in order to showcase his talents. Kaepernick, though, never one to play by the rules, instead chose to host his own workout.
Jay-Z has spoken out against Kaepernick's decision, suggesting his motives may not be as noble as he wants to suggest. Whose side are you on? Scroll on for all the details...
Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee in 1987.
Kaepernick began his sporting career young.He played college football at the University of Nevada. Kaepernick was then selected by the San Fransisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
But that's not really what he's best known for.In spite of his incredible talent and dedication as an athlete, Kaepernick really hit the headlines for political reasons.
Because he was one of the first to famously "take the knee."
His decision to kneel was a political protest.
It was a controversial move.
via: Getty ImagesSpeaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: “To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s a significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand."
Kaepernick explained he "couldn’t show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
His protest gained popularity.
Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem.But then they released a harsher (and more controversial) statement.
Here it is in full.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
Kaepernick's career suffered as a result of his activism.In 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, which he believed was a direct result of his campaign.
However, his career has flourished in other ways.
He's now a regular face in online political debates.
But some fans want to see him back doing what he does best.
But earlier this month, the NFL extended an olive branch.
via: NFLThe league organized a workout for Kaepernick in order to allow him to show off his talents and potentially find a new team to play for.
The NFL informed each team about the workout session.
via: Getty ImagesAlongside drills and throws, it was intended to allow potentially interested teams to interview the star.
Many teams are in need of a talented QB.And Kaepernick's talent is hard to deny. Even during his time off, he's been training hard and staying game ready.
In spite of his controversies ...
But Kaepernick had an issue with the NFL-organized workout.He claimed the workout would not allow any media presence - and that's something that was clearly important to the athlete.
So Kaepernick made a controversial decision.
Colin Kaepernick has arrived in the new location for his NFL workout (via powerhauscreative/Instagram) https://t.co/FuDwJUGYG8— Sports Illustrated (@Sports Illustrated)1573940266.0
His workout took place this weekend.
via: TwitterAnd it certainly seems to have attracted the media attention Kaepernick was hoping for.
But not all of the response has been positive.
via: Getty ImagesAnd one famous face who has spoken out against Kaepernick is music sensation Jay-Z.
It seems he's disappointed with how Kaepernick has handled the situation.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to sources, Jay-Z believes Kaepernick has turned down a genuine opportunity offered by the NFL, saying he "turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt."
And his sentiment has been echoed by others.
ESPN’s Stephen Smith Blasts Colin Kaepernick: ‘He Don’t Want To Play; He Wants To Be A Martyr’… https://t.co/Afeu4qJGtm— The Daily Wire (@The Daily Wire)1574027942.0
And as for Kaepernick's sporting prowess?
via: TwitterWell, it seems reviews are mixed, with some claiming he's back on his best form, while others say he's not looking that great. Will any of the teams choose to sign him? Only time will tell. Want more Kaepernick action? Scroll on for the heartwarming way he spent his thirty-second birthday.