Earlier this week, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter with a message for NFL teams – he’s been staying in shape the past three years, ready for an opportunity. Friday, President Trump was asked whether he believes Kaepernick should get an opportunity in the league.
Trump, who famously criticized Kaepernick for his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest social injustice, implied that if the former signal-caller is good enough to play, he should be signed.
Trump said that he’d “love” to see Kaepernick signed – but only if he’s good enough. He also noted that he knows a number of NFL owners and that if they believed he was a good enough player on the field, he’d have a job.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Only if he’s good enough. If he’s good enough. Why would he play (if he’s not?) If he’s good enough, and I think if he’s good enough, I know the owners – I know Bob Kraft, I know so many of the owners – if he’s good enough, they’d sign him.
So if he’s good enough, I know these people. They would sign him in a heartbeat. They will do anything they can to win games. So I’d like to see it. Frankly, I’d love to see Kaepernick come in. If he’s good enough. But I don’t want to see him come in because somebody thinks it’s a good PR move. If he’s good enough, he will be in.”
Here’s video, via Sports Illustrated:
President Trump on if Colin Kaepernick should get an opportunity to play in the NFL: “Only If he’s good enough. I know the owners, I know Bob Kraft. They will do anything they can to win games”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 9, 2019
The NFL season starts in less than a month – so far, no team has taken a shot on Kaepernick. We’ll see if that continues.