Roger Goodell want to see Colin Kaepernick again within the NFL this season.
The commissioner stated throughout ESPN’s “The Return of Sports activities” particular on Monday that he’s encouraging groups to signal the 32-year outdated quarterback, who hasn’t performed the previous three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled through the nationwide anthem to protest racial injustice.
“If he needs to renew his profession within the NFL, then clearly it is gonna take a workforce to make that call. I welcome that, help a membership making that call and encourage them to try this,” Goodell stated throughout his interview with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated final week he obtained a name from one other workforce about Kaepernick. Carroll and the Seahawks introduced in Kaepernick for a exercise in 2017 and had one other deliberate in 2018 earlier than it was cancelled.
Goodell arrange a tryout for Kaepernick in Atlanta final 12 months for scouts of all 32 groups to attend, but it surely unraveled on the final second resulting from lack of media entry and what Kaepernick’s representatives noticed as an uncommon legal responsibility waiver. As an alternative of the exercise going down on the Falcons’ coaching complicated, Kaepernick performed an impromptu session at a highschool in entrance of media and scouts from eight groups.
The NFL launched a video on June 5 the place Goodell apologized for the league for not doing job of listening to considerations by gamers on racial inequality. Goodell although was roundly criticized for the apology not mentioning Kaepernick.
WATCH | Roger Goodell admits league mistake for not listening to gamers:
The video got here out a day after many gamers launched a video criticizing the league for not condemning racism following the Could 25 demise of George Floyd.
“We had hung out previous to that understanding all of the frustration, worry and disappointment. When the video got here out on Thursday it was very highly effective. It was applicable for me to reply,” Goodell stated. “We should always have listened to our gamers earlier together with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, Michael Jenkins and so many individuals actually introduced these points to mild.”
Atanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan stated Goodell’s video was a fantastic step in the precise course.
“All of us must be on the identical web page and handle a number of the uncomfortable issues that must be addressed,” he stated.
Goodell didn’t reply how the league would reply if President Donald Trump continued to criticize them if gamers kneeled for the nationwide anthem. Goodell additionally stated that he needs to incorporate Kaepernick’s voice on how the league ought to strategy social points.
“I hope we’re at some extent now the place everyone’s dedicated to creating long-term, sustainable change,” Goodell stated. “If his efforts will not be on the sphere however persevering with to work on this area, we welcome him to that desk and to assist us, information us, assist us make higher choices concerning the sorts of issues that must be carried out within the communities.”
Goodell, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and MLS commissioner Don Garber acknowledged there can be optimistic checks as soon as their sports activities return, however that they’re hoping to isolate these as rapidly as doable together with aggressive use of contact tracing.