Trump is largely viewed as a driving force for Kaepernick’s banishment from the NFL after making his protests of social injustice and police brutality a central theme of his political platform.
President Donald Trump is believed to have arm-twisted many of the NFL owners to get rid of any football players who knelt during the singing of the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick started kneeling as he protested the continued social injustices that people of color continue to receive in the United States of America.
Last month, George Floyd was killed by police officers and since then a host of protests erupted across America and the rest of the world with different people demanding justice but also a drastic change in systems that should see blacks and people of color-treated differently.
Many companies, organizations, and sports franchises came out with public relations statements condemning racial injustice.
Earlier this week, the commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell encouraged all NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick.
32-year-old Kaepernick has been out of any active football for the last 3 years after he was kicked out of the NFL in 2017 for refusing to take the knee.
In the same light, various sports disciplines across America for example basketball, American football, football among others have allowed any player who chooses to either not be part of the anthem or to take the knee.
President Trump Says He Would Support Kaepernick Returning to NFL
President Donald Trump in an interview with Scott Thuman said that he would absolutely support the idea of Colin Kaepernick making a return to the NFL.
“If he deserves it, he should,” Trump said when asked if Kaepernick should get another shot in the NFL. “If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of 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. As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot. But obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.’
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