Colin Kaepernick has once again been denied to play football for a big platform. It has been four years since Kaepernick has touched a football field as a NFL player. The
XFL recently opened this weekend for its inaugural season. The XFL is a professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon's Alpha Entertainment.
The opening for the XFL 2020 season exhibited what league commissioner Oliver Luck called the “best 500 or so players under contract who aren’t in the National Football League.” Colin Kaepernick was expected to be among those 500 or so players but was no where to be found.
According to an interview with NPR Oliver Luck said,”We spoke with his representative and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”
Kaepernick is asking for a salary way out of the XFL’s range, therefore he isn’t being considered for the league at this time. Since the XFL is a start-up league they can not support Kaepernicks salary request.
Though there are salary restrictions with the XFL there are also other concerns, like respecting the national anthem. In the past, Colin protested and kneeled during the national anthem at a football game in 2016 which sparked an outrage throughout America. During Luck’s interview with NPR he made it very clear that
“Players have numerous opportunities to express themselves with all the platforms that exist today," "So, you know, standing for the national anthem we believe is a part of their responsibility as players in our league. But we think it's important to have that -- you know, that requirement for our players."
Its 2020, and we are still patiently waiting for Colin Kaepernick to touch a football field for good.