On Wednesday (June 17), Donald Trump said that he would “absolutely” support Colin Kaepernick’s NFL return — if it happens. During an interview with Sinclair correspondent Scott Thuman, Trump was asked whether or not he believes that the former football player should get another shot in the league.
“If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability,” he said. “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 president continued, “The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling — I would love to see him get another shot, but obviously he has to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since his 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers when he started taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustices in the United States. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL for colluding to keep him from being signed, which the league denied. In 2019, Kaep reached an undisclosed settlement with the league for the collusion suit.
Although Kaep still remains unsigned, there is hope that he may join a NFL team this year. On Wednesday (June 17), Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that he is the type of player they want. “I haven’t talked to him,” Lynn said, according to the Associated Press. “He fits the style of quarterback that we want. We’re happy with the three quarterbacks that we want, but you can’t have enough on the runway.”
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