The NFL is still soaked in systemic racism. So Roger Goodell recently going on the record as supportive of a team giving Colin Kaepernick a shot rings particularly hollow.
Last week, Goodell made the news for issuing a statement—only after being shamed by star players—that the NFL was in support of Black Lives Matter and opposed to the systematic oppression of Black people. Glaringly, he never mentioned Colin Kaepernick by name.
The snub was particularly egregious considering everything Goodell was talking about was exactly why Kaepernick began kneeling in protest during the 2016 season.
But now, during ESPN’s The Return Of Sports special Monday night (June 15), Goodell said, “If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision. But, I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”
Oh now he’s encouraging the good ol’ boys network (of multiple Trump supporters), eh?
Twitter isn’t buying Goodell’s sudden sense of righteousness. It sounds more like he’s saying whatever it takes from the league’s financials from taking a hit. Particularly during these times of unrest when any sort of slights to Black people and Black athletes are not being tolerated.
Kap has been continuously training for an NFL return. And it must be noted that Goodell is even willing to have Kap participate in social justice programs with the league, which is major since being silenced was something he was not willing to do in order to play.
Added Goodell, “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.”
Twitter is still keeping its eye on the jig, though. Peep some reactions below. Also, where’s that apology?
Good morning! Sign Colin Kaepernick.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 16, 2020
3. Late as hell buddy.
Randy Orton says he now understands the meaning behind Colin Kaepernick kneeling. pic.twitter.com/cN6t5efWbX— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2020
NFL saying Black Lives Matter while blackballing Kaepernickpic.twitter.com/r7WLGl84NV— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 16, 2020
Goodell: “I encourage an NFL team to sign Kaepernick.”— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 15, 2020
Weird how many people are so invested in Mike Gundy's freedom of speech but weren't real interested in Colin Kaepernick's same freedom of speech. Huh.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) June 15, 2020
"Clearly the NFL was trying to keep Colin out but it wasn't because they were worried about business, it was because they were kowtowing to Trump," Kaepernick's attorney told @ABC.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 15, 2020
"Any club may sign Colin if they choose to do so," an NFL spokesman said. https://t.co/MeETQwOClm