Wednesday’s Mashup: Colin Kaepernick ‘can’t wait’ for upcoming NFL workout

Lucy Burdge
November 13, 2019 - 7:23 am
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSB)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- Colin Kaepernick is back. 

Kind of. 

The free agent quarterback will participate in a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday, which will include on-field work and an interview. All 32 NFL teams are invited to attend and video of the workout and interview will be made available to all clubs.

Kaepernick tweeted about the event on Tuesday night. 

The league memo states, “Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them. We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

Kaepernick turned 32 on Nov. 3 and hasn’t been in the NFL since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017.

-- Don Cherry doubled down on his controversial comments on Tuesday, saying he is “not apologizing” for what he said during a Sportsnet segment on Saturday night. 

“I know what I said and I meant it,” Cherry told the Toronto Sun. “Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers.”

“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot,” Cherry told the paper. 

Cherry also joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Tuesday night to further explain. 

“I stand by what I said, and I still mean it,” Cherry said. “ ... It’s the two words that got it, as you know, people are sensitive like that,” Cherry told Carlson. “These soldiers died so we can have our way of life. At least wear a poppy in their honor.”

He said he had “no problem” being fired. 

Cherry also spoke with 680 News and explained his comments. 

“On Saturday I would have apologized if I hurt people and stuff like that, I think I would have,” Cherry said. “I meant ‘everybody,’ but I said the wrong thing … if that’s the way people want to take it, there’s nothing I can do about it. What I said was ‘you people.’ It could have been Irish, English, Scotch but it didn’t make any difference. My ancestors came from Ireland and Scotland. So everybody is an immigrant here, except First Nations … but it doesn’t make any difference … that’s the way it is. And I’m not apologizing, that’s the way it is.”

Cherry was fired from Sportsnet on Monday after his comments during the Coach’s Corner segment on Saturday night. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Continues to make progress. Works hard. Each week is an opportunity that we’re trying to add more in terms of the things he can do, the things he’s comfortable doing, the things we’re comfortable with him doing within our offense. I think it’s all positive.” -- Josh McDaniels, on N’Keal Harry

 

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