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Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

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Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

First, Colin Kaepernick sent a message with his arm. Then he sent one with his words.

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick told the media following his NFL workout in Atlanta on Saturday. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. 

"Around here, we're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent Jeff Nalley is ready to talk to any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready."

By most accounts, Kaepernick was thoroughly impressive in his workout, showcasing the arm strength that once made him perhaps the most feared quarterback in the league. The workout originally was supposed to be held at the Falcons practice facility and closed to the media, but Kaepernick and his representatives changed the location to ensure transparency.

"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on," Kaepernick said. "We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here."

"It's important that y'all are here," he said to the media in attendance. "Y'all been attacked for the last three years. Y'all continue to be attacked. We appreciate what y'all do. We appreciate you being here today. We appreciate the work you do for the people and telling the truth. That's what we want in everything."

All Kaepernick has ever wanted is a fair opportunity. We can debate whether or not what took place Saturday was indeed "fair", but clearly, he feels he proved enough with his performance. Now we wait and see if the NFL's intentions were at all genuine, or if the workout simply was a thinly-veiled PR move.

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"We'll continue to give you updates as we hear," Kaepernick said in closing. "We'll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams ... we'll let you know if we hear from them.

"Ball's in their court, we're ready to go."

Suspended Raiders' Vontaze Burfict calls Roger Goodell a 'total b---h'

Suspended Raiders' Vontaze Burfict calls Roger Goodell a 'total b---h'

Vontaze Burfict never stood a chance in his appeal meeting with Roger Goodell and league officials in New York in October.

At least, that's how the suspended Raiders linebacker feels.

In an interview with The Athletic's Vic Tafur, Burfict spoke about the meeting and unloaded on the NFL commissioner.

“I met (commissioner) Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total b---h,” Burfict told Tafur. “He was a b---h. He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was bulls---t. He already had the suspension in his hand.”

The NFL suspended Burfict for the remainder of the 2019 season following a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle on Sept. 29. Burfict was ejected from the game for the hit.

Burfict told Tafur that the NFL wasn't interested in the video he presented showing clean tackles he had made.

“They didn’t give a f--k about that s--t,” Burfict told Tafur.

Burfict even said that calls from Raiders coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr didn't help his case.

“That meant a lot to me, but the NFL didn’t give a f--k about that s--t either,” he said. “Derek Carr, my guy, said his piece about how I was a captain and a great teammate and not a dirty player, and (appeals officer) Derrick Brooks almost cut him off. He said we appreciate you coming on the call, but they didn’t need Derek Carr to vouch for me. Brooks made his mind up already. They let me know before I woke up the next day. They didn’t even go in the office, make some coffee and discuss it for a few minutes.”

[RELATED: Burfict scared off scouts before draft]

The Raiders have had Burfict's back throughout this whole saga, and on numerous occasions, have called out the league for the harsh penalty.

We imagine the events that transpired during that meeting in October have a lot to do with the comments made by the team over the last few months.

Roger Goodell hosts 49ers fans' fantasy football draft at NFL offices

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Roger Goodell hosts 49ers fans' fantasy football draft at NFL offices

Imagine NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the first round of your fantasy football draft.

Imagine how insane that might look.

But for one league full of 49ers fans, they didn't have to imagine. It actually happened to them.

"I was watching NFL Network and a commercial came up where it said Roger Goodell will announce the first round of your draft," Joe Farris said.

"So we put together a video and once we did that and submitted it, I thought, 'Pack your bags because we're going to New York,'" John Farris said.

The members of the Whiz Kids league were selected and did indeed get to go to the NFL headquarters in New York.

Upon their arrival, they were led into Goodell's office where they were greeted by the commissioner, and the Whiz Kids took over the commissioner's office.

"Pinch me," John Farris said. "Is this really happening to us?"

A fantasy football league that has been around for 44 years was about to have the most powerful man in professional football announce their picks for the first round of their draft.

"Alright, let's get started," Goodell announced. "The 2019 Whiz Kids fantasy football draft is now underway."

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You can watch how the first round of the Whiz Kids' fantasy draft unfolded here:

We apologize for making your fantasy draft at your friend's house seem insignificant.