ESPN’s Stephen Smith, who used to be an ardent supporter of Colin Kaepernick, has now blasted him into the next zip code. Smith says that “You see, you see, he don’t want to play. He wants to be a martyr.”
“But guess what, it ain’t working this time. All of us believed that Colin Kaepernick would have showed out. And if he had showed out, I’m here to tell you I believe he would have had a job inside of two weeks. But it didn’t happen, because he didn’t show.”
Smith is known to be very political and an activist but this freak show that Kaepernick pulled off three hours before he was to work out in Atlanta. Smith makes the point that Kaepernick does not really want to play anymore. He says that he just wants to make noise.
Let’s face it, before he was cut loose he was playing for crap. He lost the magic he had just a few years before. This was a prima donna act, but that only works if you are an elite quarterback and not a has been. Three quarters of the NFL teams showed up for the tryout in Atlanta. If Kaepernick was serious about playing, he would have been there too.
Just hours before the private practice at the Atlanta Falcons stadium on Saturday, Kaepernick switched venues to a high school field outside Atlanta, in part because he wanted his own video crew to be able to film the occasion instead of the Atlanta Falcons’ personnel.
Smith blasted Kaepernick’s last-minute decision to change the venue, saying the quarterback-turned-activist best known for his social justice publicity stunts would rather be “a martyr” than actually play football.
“Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility … and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Not Tuesday when he found out about it. 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,” Smith said.