REPORT: Colin Kaepernick Adamantly Denies Turning Down Contract Offer To Play Up Race Card: ‘Bold Faced Lie’
On Tuesday, a steaming report from the Daily Caller and their sources stated Colin Kaepernick is a free agent right now because he turned down a contract from an unknown team to purposely play up the race card in hopes of getting more money.
“Despite the ongoing narrative that Kaepernick’s very public political views are preventing any NFL teams from offering him a roster spot, TheDC’s source claims Kaep himself has turned down at least one contract in the hopes of stirring up a media frenzy that eventually leads to a more lucrative deal for the 27-year-old vet.
Kaepernick allegedly doesn’t want to make “backup money” and specifically instructed his representative team not to sign one contract offered at the league’s minimum rate of $900,000 per year for a seventh-year player.
Shortly after the 2017 offseason began, Kaepernick parted ways with XAM Sports — the agency which had represented him since he entered the league in 2011 — and TheDC’s source added that Kaepernick’s girlfriend, outspoken radio host Nessa Diab, appears to be a driving force behind his negotiating tactics.
“Colin thinks he’s fighting a much higher battle than he is,” the source stated. “He views himself as a race messiah.”
That put social media in a whirlwind, as many saw the narrative start to change. But before it could get out of control, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback immediately shot down the report, calling it a “bold faced lie.”
“Multiple people in the QB’s inner circle say there’s absolutely zero truth to a Daily Caller report that Kaep shot down an offer from an unnamed NFL team in order to stir up “a media frenzy that eventually leads to a more lucrative deal.”
As one well-connected Kapernick source tells TMZ Sports, “Colin NEVER had any talks about any contract or any money” with any NFL team.”
So far, only the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks have spoke openly about potentially signing the free agent QB.