Trump says Colin Cabernick should be given another chance in the NFL "if he has the ability to play"

Trump says Colin Cabernick should be given another chance in the NFL “if he has the ability to play”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers midfielder, has been a free agent for more than three years after he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Trump has long opposed athletes kneeling during the national anthem, even referring to them as “sons of prostitutes” in a 2017 speech.

He continued: “The answer is definitely, with regard to kneeling, I would like to see him get another chance, but clearly he must be able to play well.” “If he can’t play well, I think it would be unfair.”

His comments come after Roger Goodell, National Football Confederation Commissioner, told ESPN Monday that he would support and encourage the team interested in signing with Caipernik.

Good, I hear, if he wants to resume his career in the National Football League, it is clear that it will take a team to make this decision. “But I welcome that and support a team that makes this decision and encourage them to do so.”

The discussions come as the nation is gripped by protests and talks about police brutality and racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Bruna Taylor in Louisville and Richard Brooks in Atlanta by the police.

Kaepernick has not played in the league since the 2016 season – the same season he first sat while playing the national anthem. The midfielder said the protest had developed to kneel down after he convinced the Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret Nite Powerkipperick that he would be more respectful of the country’s army.

He later accused the owners of the NFL team of collusion to prevent him from signing. The NFL denied any complicity but in 2019, they reached a compromise with Cybernick and his former teammate Eric Reid, who kneeled down with him.

Trump’s comments also come on Wednesday after Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson earlier this week urging the president to reconsider his stance on volatility.

“Well, I don’t think he has shown a lot of hostility in that region recently,” Carson, the only black member of the president’s government, said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “And I think we’re continuing to work with him. He’ll get there.”

Prince Vera and Gil Martin of CNN contributed to this report.

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