This week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the press that the league was moving on from Colin Kaepernick, after they were unable to agree on terms for a scheduled workout in front of team owners.
Also this week, ESPNs Stephen A. Smith gave an interview where he told reporters that he and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter were “instrumental” in putting together that workout with the NFL.
Now Colin’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, is speaking out – and calling out Commissioner Goodell and “others” for leaving out important reasons as to why the workout went bust.
According to Nessa, the league changed the standard waiver for workouts and Colin’s, to include a clause concerning future litigation under state and federal employment laws. His lawyers balked at the clause, and the workout didn’t go according to plans as a result.
Here’s what Nessa said – notice how she capitalized the words “AND OTHERS” – clearly a hit at Stephen A. Smith and Beyonce’s husband.
Smith does acknowledge the NFL could have done a lot of things differently regarding the workout and its transparency. Saying it was, “a little shaky.” He also believes that any feelings of mistrust from Kaep’s camp towards the NFL should’ve been expected.
“Not only do you not trust them, you sued them,” Smith said of Kaep’s relationship with the NFL. “You filed a grievance against them. You settled! You settled. Who files a grievance against a company, settles, and then still says, ‘I want a job with you?’”
Of Jay-Z’s role in the workout Smith does give the hip-hop mogul credit for not wavering, despite half of the NFL’s owners not wanting to sanction the tryout.