Here's What We've Learned About Colin Kaepernick's Workout

After the announcement of Colin Kaepernick's Saturday workout for the NFL, many were shocked to learn that the event would be closed to the media. By the end of the day Friday, 24 teams were sending representatives to watch the quarterback's workout.

A press release from Kaepernick's camp on Saturday afternoon announced many sudden, recent changes to the workout. If a team signs Kaepernick, it will be the first time he's played in the NFL since 2016.

Colin Kaepernick’s workout at the Falcons’ training facility at 3 pm is off; his workout now will be at another Atlanta location at 4 pm today.

Here is the official announcement:

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019

While initial plans had announced that media would not be allowed at the 3 p.m. workout, the new statement informed NFL officials and journalists that the event would instead take place at 4 p.m. at Charles Drew High School in Atlanta, Georgia, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter. Media was allowed to attend the relocated event.

The press release said Kaepernick sought a "transparent and open process." A tweet from ESPN NFL writer Jeremy Fowler revealed that sources told him that the NFL would provide three wideouts for Kaepernick to workout with for the original event. Kaepernick brought five receivers with him: Bruce Ellington, Brice Butler, Ari Wertz, Jordan Veasy and Eric Reid.

Sources: The NFL is providing three wideouts for the Colin Kaepernick workout but Kaepernick may bring up to five of his own. Former 49ers teammate Bruce Ellington, who played with Kap in 2014-15, is expected to attend.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 16, 2019

According to Mother Jones, a handful of protesters arrived outside the Falcons' training facility, where the workout was originally scheduled. Supporters also gathered at the facility.

Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016. Michael Zagaris/Getty

With the last-minute move, reporter Dov Kleiman tweeted that Hue Jackson, who had been scheduled to lead the workout, left Atlanta. Yahoo Sports senior writer Jay Busbee tweeted that Kaepernick's arriving to workout at a high school field was "surreal."

Hue Jackson leaving Atlanta instead of assisting Colin Kaepernick now that the workout is open to the media [against the NFL's wishes] is so Hue Jackson.

The worst HC in the history of the NFL doesn't want to upset the league, he thinks he'll get another shot as HC one day.

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 16, 2019

Just a surreal scene here. Kaepernick and crew arriving at a high school field. We’re right next to the ticket booth ($7, no refunds) waiting to get in.

— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) November 16, 2019

Sports outlet The Undefeated also posted a photo on Twitter where Kaepernick can be seen in the background upon his arrival at Charles Drew High.

UPDATE: Location of the workout has moved to a high school in Riverdale, Ga. Kaepernick has arrived on the campus.

— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 16, 2019

A crew assisting Kaepernick wore black t-shirts that read "#IMWITHKAP." Kaepernick posed for photos between stretches and preliminary workouts.

At 4:49 p.m., ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted the NFL's response to Kaepernick's move. The NFL statement asserted that the league agreed to Kaepernick's requests to bring his own receivers, shoot an ad by Nike, and allow his representatives on the field to monitor the filming process.

The NFL also stated that they received a rewritten liability waiver from Kaepernick at noon on Saturday and were made aware that he wanted it open to the media, when his statement was released.

"We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public," the statement read. The league also notes that Kaepernick's decision does not effect whether or not he can sign with a team.

NFL’s response to Colin Kaepernick opting to do his own workout today in Atlanta:

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019

After drills, Kaepernick signed autographs for fans who viewed just over the fence.

The workout is being streamed on YouTube.

Newsweek will publish more details as they emerge.

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