Representatives of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers called for 25 NFL teams less than an hour before his training and moved the session to a high school in Riverdale, Georgia, from the Atlanta Falcons training facility in Flowery Branch, 60 Miles away.
The training was delayed by one hour to 4 pm ET, possibly to give NFL Scouts time to reach the new location. However, the Associated Press reported that a number of Boy Scouts had already entered the Falcons indoor training facility when the change became known, with dozens of media placed in a fenced parking lot next to the Falcons' facility.
Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson and Joe Philbin should direct the exercises.
In a statement tweeted by ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, Kaepernick representatives Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley said the relocation was "transparent and open". "
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", wrote Meiselas and Nalley. "More recently, the NFL has demanded that Mr. Kaepernick sign an uncommon disclaimer as a pre-condition for training that deals with labor issues, and rejects the default liability disclaimer proposed by Mr. Kaepernick's representatives for assault.
" Mr. Kaepernick also demanded that all the media are admitted to the training to watch and film, and that there is an independent film crew to provide transparency, "the statement went on. The NFL declined this request. Due to the previous behavior of the league office, Mr Kaepernick simply demands a transparent and open process, which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the club representatives today.
The NFL had no immediate opinion on the claims of Kaepernick's representatives, and it was not known how many teams would attend the training at the new location.
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Earlier this week, the league announced that eleven teams had signed up for training: Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, the New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington. A statement announcing the participants concluded that the league will "send a video of the training and interview to all 32 teams, including head coaches and general managers."
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The 32-year-old Kaepernick has not played since 2016 when he qualified for the San Francisco 49ers. He helped initiate a wave of protests against social and racial injustices this season by kneeling during games of the national anthem.
The NFL filed a complaint in February against Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid against the league. Reid is now playing for the Carolina Panthers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.