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After he incorrectly listed free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as “retired,”
The NFL website recently underwent a review, and it was pointed out by Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, that Kaepernick should not have been listed as retired:
@NFL @nflcommish @NFLPA is on its NFL website, claiming @ Kaepernick7 “retired.” Colin did not retire. You blackmailed him bc he protested peacefully against police brutality. He is a Superbowl QB & amp; should play bc his statistics show that.
Nessa also tweeted the following after the change was made:
Thanks to everyone who made @NFL responsible for falsely reporting that Colin “retired” on their website. They heard you loud & amp; clearly bc the NFL put the exact description that @ Kaepernick7 is an unlimited free agent (UFA). Ask them to stop denying him employment. https://t.co/klK7a6qRTY
The 32-year-old Kaepernick has not officially retired from the NFL, but he has not played in the league since parting ways with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of 2016 season.
During the 2016 season, Kaepernick began to protest against social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.
After being signed, Kaepernick filed a complaint against the NFL in October 2017, claiming that the team worked together to keep him out of the league as a result of his protests. Last year, he and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid reached a deal with the NFL that paid them a total of less than $ 10 million, per Andrew Beaton of Wall Street Journal.
During six seasons with the Niners, Kaepernick went 28-30 as a start during the regular season. He also completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions while rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He appeared in 12 games and made 11 starts in 2016. Although he only went 1-10, he completed 59.2 percent of his attempts for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, plus he rushed for 468 yards and two points.
Kaepernick started six playoffs during his tenure in San Francisco, leading the Niners to a pair of NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance.
He has gone unsigned despite his awards. Last year, the NFL set up a training session for Kaepernick in Atlanta and invited all 32 teams to participate. However, Kaepernick’s camp said there was too little notice for each team to participate and were not satisfied that they did not get a pre-list of who would be there.
Kaepernick moved the training to another location so that media members could be there, and as a result, it was not officially affiliated with the NFL.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that none of the seven teams participating in Kaepernick’s training called him after the event.