Appearing on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Smith told hosts, Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez why it could work.
“I was on First Take yesterday morning and on my radio show yesterday afternoon,” he said.
“I called for Colin Kaepernick to get a tryout immediately. The Steelers didn’t even have a backup after Ben Roethlisberger went down. Rudolph, Mason Rudolph goes in there and they’ve got to go and get somebody off the scrap meat. The Jets, Sam Darnold got mono, Trevor Siemian might have broken his ankle, we don’t even know who you’ve got now. Those are two teams right there that desperately need a quarterback.”
Three NFL preseasons ago, Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL network’s Steve Wyche during the NFL’s preseason three years ago.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick would later kneel instead of deciding to not participate during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games.
Colin Kaepernick’s Agent Not Getting Calls Returned?
In an interesting tidbit from Smith, the analyst cites that Kaepernick’s agent may not be getting calls returned about the quarterback. There’s no confirmation of this, but it’s certainly noteworthy.
“There is no excuse why Colin Kaepernick should not be getting a call,” reveals Stephen A. Smith.
“I will say this though: I’m not sure if this is accurate, but I’m told that his agent has called many folks on his behalf and not getting returned phone calls. I don’t mean to be in somebody’s business like this, but you may want to rethink that agent because let me tell you something, it’s moments like this where you have to have someone with clout where they’re going to get their phone calls returned. You’re in a different kind of situation. And I’m not advocating getting rid of him because if you’re riding or dying, the loyalty matters; please don’t get me wrong. What I’m saying is: in our line of work, there are some agents who have more cache than others.” Smith said.
“There are owners and executives that are not going to ignore their calls because they do such big business with them, it would be in their best business and it would behoove them not to ignore those phone calls. That might be the kind of cat that you need making calls for you as opposed to someone who ain’t getting their phone calls returned because there is no excuse why Colin Kaepernick isn’t in.”
The fourth pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Kaepernick set NFL records for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game and for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single postseason.
He has a passer rating of 88.9, a completion percentage of 59.8 and has thrown for over 12,000 yards.
“He didn’t violate any laws,” said Stephen A. Smith.
“He certainly didn’t violate any NFL bi-laws and we know he can still play according to Nessa [his girlfriend] he works out everyday. Everyday! He’s on his grind, the whole bit! Does he deserve an opportunity? You’re damn right he does and I will make it my personal admission that I will repeatedly bring attention to that. That doesn’t mean that I agree with every little thing that he’s done. I don’t have to. You know? I agree with him kneeling. I don’t necessarily agree with the execution thereafter. But having said all of that, I completely support him.”