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The further and further we get into the NFL season, the more clearer it is that Colin Kaepernick will not find a team to call his own.
The Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens are still the only two teams that expressed any type of interest in the former San Francisco signal caller, but they both elected to head in another direction.
Not many owners have spoken about the Colin Kaepernick situation. Jeffrey Lurie is not one of those owners.
He made his feelings toward the free agent quarterback real clear last week, saying there is a 0% chance he would get an opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles, as he told Philly.com.
“Last week, Lurie made plain his feelings for Kaepernick’s actions and words. So far, no owner has addressed Kaepernick more thoroughly. Lurie spoke for himself only, but he offered a glimpse at why other owners would hire Blaine Gabbert, Josh McCown or Mike Glennon instead of Kaepernick.
Lurie just doesn’t like Kaepernick’s act.
Lurie frowns on anthem protests, but he can stomach them as long as they are part of a larger, pointed strategy to effect change. He isn’t a fan of alienating police and the military, or their supporters, but he’ll risk alienation as long as the offending protests have a specific point, and if the protester is willing to work to fix the problem.
It’s the anthem thing that Lurie can’t get past.
“I don’t think anybody who is protesting the national anthem … is very respectful,” Lurie said. “If that’s all their platform is, is to protest the national anthem, then what’s the proactive nature of it?”
“Anybody who wants to do proactive things, to try to reverse social injustice, I’m all in favor of. It has to be respectful,” Lurie said. “It certainly has to respect the military and the people that serve, the women and men that serve our country, emergency responders, whoever that is.”
“I applaud anybody that can find respectful ways of trying to use their platform in some way to discuss social injustice,” he said.
Jeffrey Lurie does not applaud Colin Kaepernick.”
You would think the Eagles would continue to be that franchise to give controversial players a chance to play, seeing as how they signed Riley Cooper after his racist rant at a concert, and Michael Vick, who had just come out of prison for dog-fighting.