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The Baltimore Ravens made waves this week in passing on Colin Kaepernick. Former Ravens star Shannon Sharpe criticized the team in a sharp manner and, to put it mildly, he wasn’t alone in doing so. With that said, it appears that the decision was ultimately made by the team’s owner, Steve Bisciotti, according to reports.

That is a story in and of itself but Dianna Russini of ESPN also brings word that an additional NFL team saw its owner jump into the mix to block potential interest, even if she does not name the team specifically.

On Kaepernick’s side, this is a brutal chain of events, even if not an overly surprising one. Much of the sentiment surrounding his continued employment has centered on fear from fans and even advertisers. At the end of the day, the owner is the one that must answer for that more so than the front office, personnel and coaching positions for the squad.

At the same time, it is a (very) bad look for a lot of people to see ownership standing in the way of a better player finding work because of non-violent protest and, until Kaepernick signed, this will be a dominant story line to follow across the NFL world.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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