NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Monday in support of former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick being reinstated back into the NFL.
“I support and encourage teams to sign quarterback Collin Kaepernick” , said Goodell.
Kaepernick has been gone from the league since the 2016 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
In his Tenure as a member of the 49ers, Kaepernick reached a Superbowl, and was a NFC champion.
Before his release from the NFL, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem, sparking outrage among the league , fans, players, coaches, and companies that support the NFL.
His reasoning behind taking a knee were due to Police killing Black Americans , and not getting the justice they deserved.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Goodell said this on Kaepernick being reinstated:
“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.“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. We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table, and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues, that have been around for a long time.“But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
Earlier this month, Goodell released a video apologizing on behalf of the NFL for not doing a better job of listening to players’ concerns on racial inequality, but he was criticized for not mentioning Kaepernick by name.
One of the first steps of progress will be observed on the decided future of Kaepernick in the NFL by team owners, or the continued lack of interest of a team to sign Colin Kaepernick for reasons beyond the gridiron.