Earlier this month, commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on behalf of the NFL in which he apologized for not supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign and failing to realize that players were protesting racial injustice -- and not disrespecting the American flag -- by kneeling during the national anthem.
Since then, a flurry of rumors have surfaced claiming that teams are showing an interest in free agent Colin Kaepernick, who, of course, spearheaded those demonstrations back in 2016 and has since been ostracized by the league.
This narrative continued on Friday when Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that teams are doing their "homework" on the former San Francisco 49ers star.
Can we please stop with these meaningless reports? If they held any sort of substance, teams would actually have "engaged in direction negotiations with Kaepernick's camp." Dozens of organizations appear to be on the same wavelength in terms of believing that the 32-year-old gunslinger deserves to be signed, but nobody wants to make it happen. Why is this?
Until a franchise goes out of its way to sign Kaepernick, who is undoubtedly better than more than half of the league's current backup quarterbacks, we refuse to believe that these reports are anything more than a public relations stunt.
Did football fans realize that Goodell refused to mention Kaepernick by name in his statement? NBA superstar LeBron James surely did, and has called for the commish to apologize to the Nevada product.
Saying you stand for a cause and actively doing something that proves you do can sometimes be polar opposite entities. Because of that, we will no longer care for these reports until one of them gains legitimate steam and Kaep is actually signed.