Colin Kaepernick, 32, protested against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem. Donald Trump Sr., 74, the 45th U.S. president, is one of those who do not agree with this method of protest.
“There are plenty of things you can protest,” Trump told Sinclair Broadcast Group chief political correspondent Scott Thuman in a recent interview. “I don’t want to see people kneel for the national anthem, for the American flag. You stand, be proud, put your hand on your heart, salute if you’d like to do that but you have to show respect.”
Trump weighed in on Kaepernick’s future as a professional football player. He played in the National Football League from 2011 to 2016 as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
“I would love to see him get another shot but obviously he has to be able to play well,” Trump said of Kaepernick. “If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”
Like Trump, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes that Kaepernick deserves another shot in the NFL. On June 15, 2020, Goodell said on the ESPN show “The Return of Sports” that if Kaepernick wants to resume his NFL career, “then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision.”
The regular 2020 NFL season is set to start on September 10, 2020 and end on January 3, 2021. The playoffs will start on January 9, 2021 while the Super Bowl LV is scheduled for February 7, 2021 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, USA.
NFL executives and coaches are considering Kaepernick as a potential backup ahead of the 2020 NFL season. There was some interest in 2019 but it feels like there is more interest now, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
“Whether or not Colin Kaepernick gets signed, I do not know,” Rapoport said. “But the interest in potentially signing him to be a backup or compete for a backup job is very real.”
Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on November 3, 1987. His father is of Ghanaian, Nigerian and Ivorian descent while his mother is white.
When Kaepernick was 8 years old, he started playing youth football as a defensive end and punter. He was a 4.0 GPA student at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, California, USA, where he played not only football but also basketball and baseball.
As a civil rights activist, Kaepernick has been one of the strongest supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. On June 6, 2020, the NFL commissioner shared a video to express the league’s support for the movement and to admit that league was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier.”