Goodell says he would ‘support’ signing Kaepernick, seeks input on social justice
NEW YORK (Reuters) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would “encourage” teams to sign Colin Kaepernick, adding that the league would also welcome the quarterback’s off-the-field guidance on social justice.
Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests sparked debate and became a symbol of the fight against racial injustice, filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, claiming collusion as no teams signed him after he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. He and the NFL settled in 2019.
“If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said on Monday during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29315784/encourage-team-sign-colin-kaepernick. “I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”
Kaepernick’s protest during the customary pre-game airing of the national anthem during the 2016 season came under renewed focus in the United States in recent weeks, as protests against racial injustice and police brutality spread across the country after the death of George Floyd.
Current and former players, including Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and two-time Super Bowl winner Malcolm Jenkins, have called on the league to apologize to Kaepernick.
Goodell said in a video earlier this month the NFL was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier” on the topic of peaceful protests, but did not mention Kaepernick specifically.
“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,” Goodell said Monday.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)
More Top Stories
Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the …read more
Democrat demands that a coronavirus relief bill include federal aid for the currently overtaxed post office and funding for the upcoming U.S. election have become …read more
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped below one million last week for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in …read more
U.S. stock index futures were trading flat on Thursday after the benchmark S&P 500 ended the previous session points below its record high close, as …read more
A sharp escalation in tensions with the United States has stoked fears in China of a deepening financial war that could result in it being …read more
Fireworks and fire were being set around the United States federal courthouse building in Portland by protesters late on Wednesday, the police said in a …read more