Colin Kaepernick snubbed by Seahawks after refusing to stop national anthem protests

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He hasn't had a workout with any National Football League teams since becoming a free agent.

The Seattle Seahawks reportedly "postponed" a meeting with Colin Kaepernick after he said he would not stop kneeling during the national anthem.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed the cancellation by the Seahawks, but said it was not because of Kaepernick's declining to stand during the anthem, but rather a lack of "a firm plan" on "how to handle everything". The organization just simply wants him to have his plan sorted out in order for the team to best understand what to expect with him moving forward this offseason and into the 2018 season. The former 49ers quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and treatment of minorities in 2016 and has not backed down from his public comments or work in the community.

In 69 games (58 starts), all with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick was 28-30 and had thrown for 12,271 yards, completing 59 percent of his passes and tossing 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

The Seahawks had contacted Kaepernick about two weeks ago to arrange a visit to the team's headquarters, but after tentative arrangements were made and travel planned, the trip was unexpectedly scuttled over the Seahawks' last-minute stipulation regarding Kaepernick's anthem stance, a source told ESPN.

Three NFL owners are on the deposition list for Kaepernick's lawsuit: Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans.

"He's a starter in this league", Carroll told reporters in June. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks.

The former Pro Bowler safety previously said he is not planning on protesting in 2018. Reid was among the first players who protested with Kaepernick. Though some teams have reportedly considered signing him, he has remained on the market, leading some to believe his protest turned teams off.

Reid previously wrote on Twitter that his activism was affecting his search for a new team.

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