April 13, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long lashed out at the Seattle Seahawks this week over the team's apparent decision to cancel an offseason workout with exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick was reportedly scheduled to try out with Seattle on Monday, marking what would have been his first workout with an NFL team since missing all of last season for his controversial national anthem protest. The former 49ers quarterback led the charge among NFL players who kneeled on the field during pre-game ceremonies in stadiums across the country.
An unnamed league source told ESPN the Seahawks contacted Kaepernick about two weeks ago to set up the workout. The team later canceled the workout after Kaepernick would not give them assurance he wouldn't kneel during the anthem.
Kaepernick reportedly told the team he was focused solely on football and wouldn't agree to any preconditions, according to USA Today.
Long, whose outspoken nature has become well-known in Philadelphia, reacted Thursday on Twitter.
So let me get this straight: SEA scheduled a workout w Kaep and 2 weeks later, cancels it on the grounds of social activism knowing full well what the fall out would be?— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 12, 2018
We know for a fact CK is being blackballed, but this lack of subtlety from an org like them would be shocking. 🤔— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 12, 2018
And if it’s true.... wow... talk about not thinking it through.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 12, 2018
The incident comes as the NFL continues to investigate the collusion grievance Kaepernick filed against the league in October. He claims he has been denied employment as a result of his political views.
This is the second time Kaepernick's links to the Seahawks failed to result in the team signing him. A visit last offseason passed without a deal despite multiple Seahawks players, including new Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett, participating in anthem protests.
Another potential visit with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason similarly stalled as the front office faced scrutiny over its consideration of Kaepernick.
The Seahawks signed former Redskins quarterback Stephen Morris on Friday.
Kaepernick sat for his deposition in the NFL's collusion investigation on Tuesday, part of an ongoing process that may run into 2019 before the league reaches a decision.