After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that the league was wrong not listening to its players’ protest, a clamor is brewing to allow Colin Kaepernick back to the sport.
Carlos Hyde, a Seattle Seahawks running-back, told reporters that the NFL should consider getting Kaepernick back to the league.
“What can the NFL do? I think the NFL can start by signing Kaep back,” Hyde, a former teammate of Kaepernick at the 49ers.
“I think if they sign Kaep back, that’ll show that they’re really trying to move in a different direction. Because Kaep was making a statement four years ago about what’s going on in today’s world and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to him then, so I think they should start by doing that,” he added.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, can be considered as one of the trailblazers in fighting racism.
He was engulfed with controversy when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016.
This is years earlier before the current watershed moment that spawned from the death of African-American George Floyd who died after a Minneapolis police kneeled over his neck during his arrest.
As a result of Kaepernick’s trailblazing effort: he was unsigned to any NFL team since 2017.
“I understand the message he (Kaepernick) was putting out. I understood because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio — Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati … I would see police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighborhood struggling, violence, drugs, all that,” he added.
A CNN report said there is “a glaring omission in Goodell’s statement was no mention of Colin Kaepernick” when he made his announcement.
This is despite Goodell saying “NFL has committed encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”