AceShowbiz - Jay-Z is reportedly upset at the way Colin Kaepernick handled the NFL's workout on Saturday, November 16. Sources tell TMZ that the hip-hop mogul was disappointed the athlete "turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt."
As reported before, the Roc Nation founder pressured the National Football League to set up the workout for the 32-year-old quarterback to give Colin an opportunity after leaving the San Francisco 49er for free agent in 2017. The athlete has never been hired following the kneeling controversy.
The workout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at Falcons' training facility, with all the NFL teams present to evaluate his readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career. However, Colin moved the location to a high school that was 60 miles away in Riverdale, Georgia.
He said the change was made to allow media coverage during the session as the workout at the training facility would have been closed to journalists. "Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on. We weren't getting that elsewhere so we came out here," Colin told the media following his workout.
The league said in a statement that it was not informed of his decision to change the location prior to his public announcement. The NFL was disappointed by Colin's decision because the workout was "designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants."
Following Colin's move, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith blasted the athlete, claiming that he "doesn't want to play" football and only "wants to be a martyr." Stephen added, "But guess what, it ain't working this time."
"This man wanted a chance. Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility-state of the art facility, NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything, and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Because of some issue with a liability waiver, Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue," Stephen continued. "You don't want to work. You just want to make noise and you want to control the narrative."