Last month, it was announced that the NFL was holding a workout for Colin Kaepernick to be seen by NFL teams and that Jay-Z had some ‘influence’ in that decision. It turns out that it had little to do with Jay.
Sources informed CBS News hat Goodell began organizing the workout shortly after the league had announced its partnership with JAY-Z back in August.
“Roger started making calls and hosting meetings about this right away,” said a source who was involved with process. “He really did a lot of this own his own, keeping everything very quiet. He probably spoke to 10 owners, at least … He really wanted to do the right [thing] here, and I understand if some people will say that something should have happened sooner and it took too long, but you have to allow that there can be a course correction and Roger really did invest himself in this process.”
Sources also told CBS News that Goodell informed Kaepernick’s reps late because he wanted to make sure about 20 teams would attend.
“No matter what you think of the end result, this was thoughtfully done through various back channels over a long period of time,” another insider said, “and I believe it came from the heart.”
In the end, it did not work out as he wanted as Kaepernick and his team would move the workout an hour away at a high school and live stream the event for all to see.
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