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Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Why Is the NFL Still So Scared of Kaepernick?

Is it because of potential fan reaction? Maybe. But the NFL, and many of its teams, is excellent at countering bad press. Teams do it all the time. They did it with Mike Vick. They did it with Greg Hardy. The owner of the Giants, John Mara, defended a kicker, Josh Brown, who admitted to domestic abuse.

Is it because President Trump might attack the league or team if Kaepernick signs? I’ve reported before some in the league fear Trump’s Twitter reaction, and that remains the case. But the NFL could defend itself against Trump easily. How do I know this? Because it’s done it before.

So then what? How is this so terrifying?

The person, who has knowledge of Torres’ situation and the Yankees’ plans, requested anonymity to speak freely.

I would think they wouldn’t just wait one day and do it, the person said. You might see a bigger hesitation.

If the Yankees wait until Wednesday to call up Torres — the sixth-best prospect in the game, according to Baseball America’s preseason ranking — they’ll gain a full year of team control over him. He would have to wait an extra season to become a free agent.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said Torres’ service clock wouldn’t be a consideration when evaluating whether to promote him.

Manager Aaron Boone said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Torres could be promoted before Wednesday, though a premature promotion seems far-fetched.

I’d say anything’s possible, Boone said in Detroit on Sunday. We have had conversations about that kind of thing. Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily.

The Yankees have an off day Wednesday but perhaps they could call him up for Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays.

The source added that it would look sort of fishy for the Yankees to call up Torres so soon after his free agency gets shoved back a year — remember what a controversy it became when the Cubs did it to Kris Bryant in 2015? — especially after Cashman said it wouldn’t play a role.

But, the source added, this is what it is. Those are the rules.

If you had told me in 2014 I’d be running a meditation company, he told me recently, I wouldn’t believe it.

I also asked him about Eric Reid and Kaepernick during the conversation. Borland played with Kaepernick, and his voice is important because he comes from a military family and many critics of kneeling during the anthem say it is anti-military (it never was). 

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