FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Just 15 minutes before Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to work out Saturday for 25 NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, the quarterback’s representatives announced the session was being moved 60 miles away to a high school in Riverdale.
The representatives said the switch was made because they wanted the media to be allowed to watch and videotape the workout.
It was a stunning move that seemed to catch everyone off-guard.
A number of NFL scouts had already gone inside the Falcons’ indoor training facility when word came the workout was being shifted from the sprawling suburbs north of Atlanta to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale — south of the city, near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The NFL said it was “disappointed” Kaepernick did not appear for the workout as planned, according to a statement.
It was not known how teams would be attending the workout in the new location.
The Giants and Jets were both slated to be in attendance for the workout at its original location.
Dozens of media had been set up in a fenced-off parking next to the Falcons’ facility.
This was the latest strange twist in this workout quickly arranged this week by the NFL by the for the 32-year-old Kaepernick.
The former Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t played since 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.