The Colin Kaepernick official workout session with the NFL over the weekend unfolded with more plotlines and surprise twists than a Stephen King novel.

Kaepernick, the fearless former quarterback who is now living in exile from the NFL, basically characterized the National Football League’s “workout” in Atlanta a hoax and carefully-constructed PR move. The NFL responded by calling a Kaepernick a no-show when he changed venues at the last minute to hold the workout. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith roasted Kaepernick over the coals by saying that “Kaep” really doesn’t want to play.

Here’s what happened. Kaepernick, 33, does not trust the NFL and the feeling is definitely mutual. First off, the NFL notified Kaepernick’s camp on Tuesday, Nov. 12 that the workout would take place on Saturday, Nov. 16. Kaep’s camp was indignant that the NFL notified them one week after telling NFL teams of the proposed plan to “try out” Kaepernick to see if he still has the goods to play in the league after a three-year absence.

Kaepernick was also miffed that the NFL barred the media from attending the workout, according to his agent, Jeff Nally. Kaepernick is reportedly paranoid and doesn’t trust the NFL to report an accurate assessment of his NFL readiness. Also, the NFL wanted Kaepernick to sign an “unusual” waiver, Nally stated, wanting to absolve the NFL of any responsibility if Kaepernick gets hurt — and that Kaepernick could not hold the NFL culpable if he does not get signed by any team.

Remember, Kaepernick, 32, filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL of collusion for keeping him out of the league since 2016 and the NFL settled with Kaep for millions of dollars. Kaep won that round.

The NFL did not want to lose round 2. However, since the NFL would not allow the Kaepernick camp to let the media and fans watch him, he and his camp changed the venue at the last minute from Flowery Branch, Ga., to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., some 60 miles away.

As this reporter’s estimation, about 250 fans lined the fence and about 75 media members packed the stands to witness the workout. Eight NFL teams were in attendance, with NFL scouts praising Kaepernick’s arm and skill set.

“Colin Kaepernick got some very positive feedback from the scouts in attendance about his elite arm strength and ability to throw the deep ball,” CBS Sports reported.

“My takeaways from the live feed: more casual than most pro days, arm strength absolutely there, solid mobility on rollouts, timing with WRs understandably not consistently good,” CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones tweeted

“After today’s workout in Atlanta, an NFL executive at Colin Kaepernick’s throwing session said his arm talent is ‘elite’ and is the same as when he came out of college. He said that Kaepernick threw the ball well,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

While Kaepernick was elated at the evaluation of his workout, the NFL was irate, according to their statement that was obtained by ESPN. They labeled Kaepernick a no-show after allegedly bending backwards to accommodate Kaepernick’s requests.

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout,” the NFL said in a statement. “He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public. Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. It is important to note the following.”

“First Take” host Stephen A. Smith was enraged by Kaepernick’s last-minute venue switch. The ESPN star reporter went volcanic on Kaepernick on his Twitter post with this scorching message:

“This man wanted a chance. Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility … And what does Colin Kaepernick do?” Smith said, in part. “Not Tuesday, when he found out about it. Not Wednesday, not Thursday, not Friday, Saturday, three hours before the workout, because of some issue with a liability waiver, Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue. Colin Kaepernick wants his own receivers. Colin Kaepernick wants to video things himself. Colin Kaepernick wants the media … He doesn’t want to play. He wants to be a martyr.”

Kaepernick’s agent Jeff Nally vehemently disputes the NFL’s and Smith’s claims. Nally told the media after the workout that he is “pessimistic” that his client, Kaepernick, will ever get signed by any team — though he holds out hope. Nally also said the NFL defied its own protocol when it comes to signing players when it did something unprecedented: the league wanted to host the workout when, normally, individual teams will reach out to a player’s agent to conduct a workout.

Also, as Nally stated, workouts are conducted on a Tuesday, a normal day off for the NFL, instead of Saturday. Holding the workout on a weekend day prevented many teams from attending since they are preparing their teams to play on Sunday.

With the two warring factions continuing to provide punches and counter-punches in the media to win the PR battle, it remains to be seen how the rest of this all-consuming saga will play out.

As Kaepernick said to close out his post-workout press conference. “The ball is in the NFL’s court.”

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts and media, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga. (TODD KIRKLAND / AP)

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