“He was invited, actually,” Jenkins said. “He was invited.”
Asked why Kaepernick did not attend, Jenkins said: “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question.”
Kaepernick began the players’ protest movement last season when, while with the 49ers, he refused to stand for the national anthem before games to protest racial inequality and police treatment of African Americans in the United States.
He remains unsigned this season after opting out of his contract with the 49ers following last season. The team said it would not have retained Kaepernick under the terms of that deal. Kaepernick retained Los Angeles-based attorney Mark J. Geragos and filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding against him.
Geragos’s firm issued a written statement later Tuesday that said: “Colin Kaepernick was not invited to attend today’s meeting by any official from the NFL or any team executives. Other players wanted him present and have asked that he attend the next meeting with the goal of forging a lasting and faithful consensus around these issues. Mr. Kaepernick is open to future participation on these important issues.”
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