ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith speaks on Colin Kaepernick's latest NFL tryout:
STEPHEN A. SMITH: So let me get this straight, Colin Kaepernick has been working out all this time, him, people in his camp, his loved ones - everyone's saying he's ready to play football, he wants to play, just give him a chance. So what does the NFL do? Recognizing that teams need a shield, because they need something to hide behind, because they know that, guess what? If we bring this brother in for a workout and we don't want him, we don't need him, who knows what we're going t get accused of. We need cover! So the NFL provides that.
I have no doubt Jay Z is involved, I have no doubt Roger Goodell is involved. I have no doubt there is a host of people involved, but forget all of that. This man wanted a chance, 25 teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility, they stayed at our facility, NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything.
And what does Colin Kaepernick do? Not Tuesday, not Wednesday, not Thursday, not Friday, Saturday -- three hours before the workout -- because of some issue with a liability waiver -- Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue, Colin Kaepernick wants his own receivers, Colin Kaepernick wants to video things himself, Colin Kaepernick... wants the media available.
You see? He don't wanna play. He wants to be a martyr. But, guess what? It ain't working this time.
All of us believe Colin Kaepernick would have sold out. And if he had sold out, I believe he would have had a job in two weeks. But it didn't happen because he didn't show. He wanted to show up to a high school in Georgia, not an NFL facility, a high school. And you took it live. Like, the average Joe out there gets to decide if he's on the NFL roster. You don't want to work, you just want to make noise and control the narrative.
It's over, Colin Kaepernick's aspiration for an NFL career. It is over.