Roger Goodell reportedly spent several months preparing the workout for Colin Kaepernick — even though Colin didn’t hear about it until the week it was scheduled to happen.
Sources tell CBS News that Goodell began organizing the workout several months ago, shortly after the league had announced its partnership with JAY-Z back in August. Though there were initial reports that Hov was the one who pushed the NFL commissioner to hold the event, insiders tell CBS the workout was all Goodell’s idea.
“Roger started making calls and hosting meetings about this right away,” said a source who was involved with process. “He really did a lot of this own his own, keeping everything very quiet. He probably spoke to 10 owners, at least … He really wanted to do the right [thing] here, and I understand if some people will say that something should have happened sooner and it took too long, but you have to allow that there can be a course correction and Roger really did invest himself in this process.”
So, why was Kaepernick given such short notice? According to sources, Goodell didn’t want to inform the QB about the planned event until he was sure enough teams—about 20—were committed to attending.
“No matter what you think of the end result, this was thoughtfully done through various back channels over a long period of time,” another insider said, “and I believe it came from the heart.”
This is in direct opposition to earlier ‘leaked’ reports that Jay-Z was the reason Kaepernick’s workout happened. It seems like NFL sources and Jay-Z sources can’t decide who gets credit for Colin’s botched workout.