Roger Goodell who is the NFL commissioner said he wished they had listened to Colin Kaepernick earlier. He said we had listened earlier to what Colin Kaepernick was trying to bring attention to when he began kneeling for the national anthem in 2016. In Emmanuel Acho’s video series, “uncomfortable conversation with a black man. Goodell was asked, what he say in a public apology to Kaepernick.
Goodell replied with remorse about the lack of conversation with the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. He said the league would have had a lot of benefit from a discussion with Colin Kaepernick.
Roger Goodell said in a video that was posted on Sunday, we had invited Kaepernick on several occasions to the conversation so that we can have the dialogue. “I wish we had the benefit to do it. But we never did. However, we would have benefited from that, obviously.
Goodell also added saying that the player kneeling is not about the flag and their purposes were “mischaracterized”
These people are people that are not unpatriotic. they are not disloyal people. They are not against our military, Goodell said. “in fact, many of those guys were in the military and they are also a military family. And they were all trying to exercise their right to bring attention to something that needed to be attended to. However, the misrepresentation of who they were and what they were doing was what gnawed me.
Roger Goodell and the NFL posted a video in June apologizing on behalf of the league because they didn’t do a good job of listening to player’s concerns about racial inequality.
Goodell spoke to Acho that he had hopes of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police station made people understand what players were protesting. And regrets that the league didn’t do much to support those protests.
In an interview with Mike Greenberg, Goodell said he supports and encourages clubs to sign Kaepernick who has not played since the 2016 season. He knelt during the national anthem to protest against racial inequality as a member of 49ers.