NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said today he encourages a team to sign quarterback/activist Colin Kaepernick who has not played since the 2016 season, when as a member of the San Francisco 49ers he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. He got a lot of flack for that… but look who turned out to be on the right side of history! Now he just needs his job back. And a big apology.
To that end: In a conversation ESPN’s The Return of Sports special, Goodall said it would be up to an individual team to sign him back up but he welcomes Kaepernick’s voice on discussions of social issues.
“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.
“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities. We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.
“But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
This comes on the heel of a video Goodall released earlier this month when he apologizing on behalf of the NFL for not doing a better job of listening to players’ concerns on racial inequality.
Which was great, sure. The right thing to do.
But… the problem with that video, many people said, was that it didn’t mention Kaepernick by name.
So here we are today with Goodall signing Kaepernick’s praises.
Look: I don’t really care WHY he’s giving the OK to Keapernick’s return to the league, I just want it to happen. I might even start watching football if he comes back. He’s a hero and a national treasure and possibly my future husband. #JusticeForKaepernick
(via ESPN; photo: Avalon and MediaPunch)