XFL Claims Colin Kaepernick’s Salary Demands Were Too High
Colin Kaepernick was on the checklist of notable former NFL gamers who have been invited to affix the XFL, however the two sides reportedly couldn’t come to an settlement as a consequence of his excessive wage calls for. XFL commissioner Oliver Luck advised NPR on Sunday that the league approached Kaepernick, however “significant salary restrictions” meant that they “couldn’t go down that road.”
“We gave it some thought,” Luck defined. “We have some pretty significant salary restrictions, you know. We’re a start-up league, so we want to make sure that we can be fiscally responsible and fiscally prudent. And the salary requirements that some folks shared with us were, in our case, exorbitant, so we couldn’t go down that path.”
He clarified later, including: “We spoke with his representative and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”
The XFL’s opening weekend was comparatively robust final week, with its opening recreation on ABC averaging 3.Three million viewers–for comparability, that’s greater than a NBA Christmas Day matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors.
Kaepernick, who as soon as guided the 49ers to the Tremendous Bowl, started kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem in the course of the 2016 NFL season to protest racial injustice in america. Different gamers shortly adopted, finally ignited a feud with President Trump, who known as on NFL house owners to fireplace any participant “when somebody disrespects our flag.”
Following the 2016 season the place he grew to become recognized for his protests of racial injustice, Kaepernick has not landed a job with one other NFL workforce. Notably, the XFL does require that every one gamers stand for the nationwide anthem.