Colin Kaepernick is to return to NFL after he opted out of his contract in 2016.
After not mentioning Colin Kaepernick in his statement that the NFL was “wrong for not listening” to players earlier, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would like to see him back in the league.
Goodell disclosed this during an ESPN-special “The Return of Sports” saying he is encouraging teams to sign the quarterback.
“We had spent time prior to that understanding all the frustration, fear, and sadness. When the video came out on Thursday it was very powerful. It was appropriate for me to respond.” Goodell said.
“We should have listened to our players earlier including Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, Malcolm Jenkins, and so many people really brought these issues to light, I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change,” Goodell added.
He is referring to the racial injustice African-Americans are experiencing in the hands of the police.
One of Kaepernick’s former teammates also said he would like to see Colin back in the game (click here to see the full story).
Goodell also sent a message of reconciliation.
“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,” he said implying Kaepernick’s situation.
Kaepernick On Racial Equality
Kaepernick is considered as the anti-racism trailblazer.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback in 2016 kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
He was then been a controversial figure in sports and Black lives matter movement, since then.
Kaepernick following the arrest of protesters in Minneapolis offered to give legal aid.