Colin Kaepernick wears controversial t-shirt in NFL workout

Colin Kaepernick wore a black shirt with the name “Kunta Kinte” written on the front at his own workout.

The 32-year-old is without a team and has not played in the NFL since 2016.

It comes after kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racism in the United States, making himself a polarising figure.

Kunta Kinte is the main character in the 1976 novel “Roots”, which is about an African man who was enslaved and taken to America to be sold into the slave trade.

Kaepernick had already caused controversy when he made the last-minute decision to ditch the NFL-arranged workout and move to another location.

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The session had initially meant to go ahead at the Atlanta Falcons’ training ground before the ex-San Francisco 49ers ace late decision to change plans.

He claimed that the NFL denied media access and so he took matters into his own hands by arranging his own workout at Charles R. Drew High School, Atlanta.

All 32 clubs were invited to come and scout the Milwaukee-born star and the NFL said they were “disappointed”, tweeting: “Kaepernick was a no-show for 25 NFL teams at Falcons facility waiting at 3pm.”

After the workout had been complete, Kaepernick told reporters: "Our biggest thing was making sure we had transparency in what went on.

"We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It's important you're all here [the media]. You've all been attacked for the last three years, you continue to be attacked. We appreciate what you all do.

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"I've been ready for three years – I've been denied for three years.

"We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.

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"My agent is ready to talk to any team; I'll continue to be ready.

"We'll let you know if we hear from them. The ball is in their court. We're ready to go."

A list of clubs have been interested in the quarterback’s services, including the Washington Redskins, the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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