Colin Kaepernick posted another workout video to his Instagram page that seemed to serve a dual purpose. One, it appears that he wants to show NFL team owners that he’s still fully prepared to play in the league. Second, he used the video to thank Eric Reid, who’s also in it, for his support.
There’s been a lot of talk about Kaepernick since he’s accused the NFL of blackballing him for kneeling during the national anthem during games. The California raised quarterback said he knelt to protest the social injustices committed against black people, as well as systematic oppression.
Reid also knelt when the two were teammates on the San Francisco 49ers, which is something he promised to continue in the upcoming season with the Carolina Panthers.
Kap posted his first training video earlier this month, which showed his 5:00 a.m. gym regiment. And this time he took the camera on the football field, where he proved how nimble he still is and how his throwing arm still has power, as well as accuracy.
Reid played wide-receiver to Kaepernick’s quarterback in the clip, and Kap expressed how much appreciation he has for his former teammate.
“You never turned your back on me or the people, even when the nfl tried to silence your voice & the movement,” wrote Kap. “You’ve never flinched or wavered. I love you Brother! Let’s get it! @E_Reid35.”
“And to the people – I see you, I hear you and I love you! Thank you for having my back!!!✊🏾 🎥: @relrelrelrel@djtonedef,” he added.
His message to Reid comes shortly after Jay-Z and the NFL announced a new partnership, where the rapper will help with the league’s Super Bowl halftime show, as well as its social justice initiatives.
It’s a decision that was blasted by both Reid and Kap’s girlfriend Nessa Diab, who said Jay was just securing another money-making deal and wrongfully labeling it a social justice move.
“Don’t you dare call it a social justice reform attempt when it comes to working with that company,” Diab wrote in a tweet earlier this week.
Reid, meanwhile, seemed to brand the new deal a “disingenuous partnership.”
Kaepernick hasn’t played an NFL game since 2016, and he as well as Reid filed a collusion case, which they settled earlier this year.
The new video of the 31-year-old working out has been viewed nearly half a million times in less than a day. Plus, in the beginning of the clip, Kap said he’s been denied work for a total of 897 days.