There are new developments coming from Colin Kaepernick’s camp regarding Travis Scott’s agreement to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show.
The former 49ers quarterback has been on social media confirming that there is not mutual understanding or respect between the two.
Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa Diab, and others close to the former quarterback, have been vocal on social media refuting Variety’s original report that both Scott and Kaepernick had reached an understanding about the performance. Kaepernick has not made a statement of his own but has retweeted their comments on his own account.
Several artists have boycotted performing at the Super Bowl including Jay-Z, Rhianna and Cardi B. as a result of Kaepernick remaining unemployed by the league since the end of the 2016 season.
Scott reportedly held out from agreeing to perform with Maroon 5 until the NFL agreed to donate $500,000 to Dream Corps, a nonprofit focused on social justice initiatives.
Dream Corps is the organization that received money from the NFL as a result of the Player’s Coalition agreement with the league in 2017. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins led the group with Anquan Boldin through the process.
Disagreements between the group and former 49ers safety Eric Reid, Chargers tackle Russell Okung and New York Giants safety Michael Thomas caused them to withdraw their involvement from the group.
The two sides still do not agree with each other. Some of their differences reside in Kaepernick’s lack of inclusion in the group as well as his lack of employment by the league. Because of that history, a large donation to Dream Corps would not appease Kaepernick or garner favor.
Travis Scott ultimately agreed to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Feb. 3, but he reportedly spoke with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick beforehand.
The two "had at least one phone conversation" before Scott took the gig, Variety's Jem Aswad reported Tuesday. Although "the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding," a source close to Scott told Aswad.
Scott's presence at the show was first reported last month, but not confirmed until he announced he and the NFL would donate $500,000 to Dream Corps, a nonprofit focused on social justice initiatives. That was not before Scott received intense criticism on social media and elsewhere, largely because of the NFL's treatment of Kaepernick.
Kaepernick sat, then kneeled, during the playing of the national anthem before games during the 2016 season to protest racial inequality and social injustice. He has not played in a professional football game since Jan. 1, 2017, and has remained unsigned by a team since officially opting out of his contract with the 49ers on March 3 that year. The 31-year-old ultimately filed a collusion grievance against the league, and his hearing reportedly is scheduled for early this year.
Rihanna reportedly turned down and cited Kaepernick's absence from the league, and Cardi B reportedly did the same. Jay-Z tried to convince Scott not to perform, and Scott himself would not until the NFL agreed to donate to Dream Corps, Aswad reported, citing sources. Neither Scott nor Kaepernick commented on Variety's report.
Any discussions Washington had about Colin Kaepernick weren't with the quarterback himself.
ESPN's Adam Schefter cited a source in reporting Sunday that the team never reached out to Kaepernick before signing Josh Johnson, who hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011. Johnson will back up new starter Mark Sanchez, who hadn't played in the NFL since appearing in two games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
Sanchez started last week for Washington, which has lost quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to broken legs in the past month.
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Coach Jay Gruden explained the team's decision not to sign Kaepernick by saying it would've had to change too much of the offense to suit the QB. However, as Schefter noted in his report, Washington runs a West Coast offense, as Kaepernick and Smith both did during their time with the 49ers.
A league source also told Schefter that no NFL team this season has reached out to Kaepernick, who hasn't played since 2016 in San Francisco after he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice. Even his former team, the 49ers, chose to continually sign and release Tom Savage as their No. 3 quarterback instead of bringing back Kaepernick.
Kaepernick is pursuing a collusion case against the NFL, in which he alleges league owners are conspiring to keep him out of the league because of his protest. Washington's latest roster moves only seem to lend credence to that case.