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President Donald Trump thinks that Colin Kaepernick should get a second chance in the National Football League even though he’s obviously no fan of the kneeling protest that the ex-San Francisco 49ers QB started several years ago during the playing of the National Anthem.
As part of an interview with Scott Thuman of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the president — who has aggressively criticized players for disrespecting the flag by taking a knee — offered this assessment of Kaepernick’s potential job prospects the second time around.
“If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability. He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as a player. He was terrific in his rookie year, I think he was very good in his second year, and then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff. The answer is absolutely I would…I would love to see him get another shot. Obviously he has to play well. If he can’t play well, it would be very unfair.”
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020
Over the years, and given the brief careers of most pro football players who don’t receive guaranteed contracts, sports fans have quipped that NFL really stands for “Not for Long.”
Last year, Trump revealed similar thoughts about the unemployed quarterback, Fox News reported. “I’d love to see Kaepernick come in if he’s good enough, but I don’t want to see him come in because somebody thinks it’s a good PR move.”
Trump is a big sports fan, a former owner of a team in the defunct United States Football League, and is a longtime friend of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
If the aftermath of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, kneeling by NFL players is likely going to be the norm during the Star-Spangled Banner (assuming the league doesn’t abandon the anthem in pre-game ceremonies). Players have insisted that they aren’t disrespecting the flag, and instead are symbolically protesting against police brutality and societal injustice.
To mix a metaphor, the woke sports media industry is putting on a full-court press to get Kaepernick a job in professional football. The previous round of kneeling several years ago cost the league to nosedive in the TV ratings, however, in the space where it derives most of its revenue.
Roger Goodell, the NFL’s politically correct commissioner, has said that he would welcome Kaepernick back onto the field and/or as someone who could help guide the league’s social justice initiatives. He also said that the league was wrong in not listening to players earlier about social inequality and is now on board with the BLM movement.
Former Fox Sports personality Jason Whitlock, one of the few non-woke sports pundits, is a longtime critic of Kaepernick and has noted that the QB became a civil rights advocate only after he lost his starting job on the 49ers.
Whitlock says that recent events involving police misconduct have not altered his assessment.
“What was [Kaepernick] right about? That police brutality is bad? I’ve never met anyone who believes police brutality is good. Police brutality is a societal issue that impacts all demographics.
“Police brutality is an abuse of power and authority. Racializing the discussion of police brutality prevents us from framing the discussion properly and framing it in a way that moves us toward progress. It’s a mistake to trivialize the heinous crime that happened to George Floyd by making it a discussion about a quarterback who used the issue to promote his Nike brand and a signature gym shoe.”
Kaepernick cashed in on a “multimillion-dollar deal with Nike” in addition to involvement with several social activism organizations, Fox News added.
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