Goodell says he’s “fine” with Trump’s comment on Kaepernick

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President Trump took some credit for Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment this week, saying that NFL owners may not want to sign Kaepernick because they don’t want the president to tweet criticism of a team for signing a player who declined to stand for the national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Trump is entitled to that point of view.

Asked about Trump’s comment on Mike & Mike, Goodell said, “That’s a comment that he’s going to make and that’s fine.”

Goodell indicated, however, that he thinks teams are evaluating Kaepernick’s on-field abilities.

“Our teams are out there working hard to figure out how they can improve each of their clubs. They’re making the best decisions they can. And they’re going to do what they can to improve their teams and win. That’s what they want to do for the fans. So that’s what they’re focused on and that’s what we’re focused on. Everyone’s going to make other comments, and obviously we’re respectful of those comments, particularly from the president.”

Ultimately, Goodell said, teams build around players they think will help them win.

“I can’t speculate on that,” Goodell said. “The 32 owners, I think their major focus is on winning and whatever it takes to win and they think reflects well on their team, that’s what they’re gonna do. And so I think from their standpoint, they want to win, and they’re putting teams together and trying to find the players and coaches and everyone else who can help create that kind of chemistry that’s going to lead to a winning team.”

It remains to be seen how long Kaepernick will have to wait to find a team that thinks he can help it win.

88 responses to “Goodell says he’s “fine” with Trump’s comment on Kaepernick

  1. Let’s not forget, Kaepernick was a backup QB before his kneeling and there was a good reason for that.

    He isn’t getting looks for the same type of reason Tebow didn’t. He isn’t one of the top 32 QBs in the league and teams don’t want a distraction as a backup QB.

    Has nothing to do with Trump.

  2. What an unbelievable moron. Will Trump please limit his ridiculous, buffoonish behavior to political matters.

  3. Turning over the ball 13 times in 12 games in 2016 probably doesn’t help either.

    As all employers have to make decisions on what is best for the company. To say his additional attention has no effect is probably not easy to quantify, but I am sure there is some weight put to it. QB is the face of the franchise 9 times out of 10…

  4. What’s Goodell supposed to do ban the President!
    Kapernick is not on a team because for whatever eason he lost the ability he had. If he is paying for not standing for the anthem that’s the way it goes. that was his choice just like owners choice not to sign him.

  5. what’s Goodell going to do ban Trump? as for Kapernick he sucks thats why he hasn’t been picked up. too bad if not standing for the anthem is in play no one made him sit!

  6. There’s one person in the league we all know has a worse rep than Kaep and that’s…….. You guessed it. Goodell.

  7. As a Patriots fan, Trump voter, and Kaepernick critic I really am getting tired of all this winning! Maybe it is time to extend an olive branch and let Kaepernick and Goodell work as valets when all the Patriots come to visit President Trump at the White House to celebrate their epic Super Bowl win. You’ve earned it.

  8. I wonder if Goodell is also “fine” with Trump’s opinions from 2015:

    “The Commissioner is a dope,” Trump previously told the New York Times. “He’s a stupid guy.”

    You can make an argument for Kaepernick either way, but it is much harder to dispute this quote.

  9. Trump has more important things to do than wasting any time or energy on this issue. The only one who cares is Kaepernick because it keeps him relevant in the media for one more day. After all, the guy took credit for his perceived “positive change in America” thanks to him kneeling during the National Anthem. And why did M&M ask Goodell for his opinion anyway – did they think he was going to express his outrage? Let’s move on to the next irrelevant topic.

  10. That’s the thing about the NFL. You aren’t the best player on the field like you were in HS or college. Now you are playing with all the other guys that were the best player on the field at those levels.
    You either evolve your game and continue to get better or they figure you out and you ride the bench.
    Then you get cut when you become a liability instead of an asset.
    Welcome to the real world Cancernick. Hope you have been practicing “Do you want fries with that?”

  11. Kaepernick, you shall remain unemployed for not grovelling and kowtowing before your masters, but, rather, having the effrontery to complain about our systemic racism!

    (signed) the United States of Oligarchs

  12. blkandgld4eva says:
    Mar 23, 2017 9:40 AM
    Trump has more important things to do than wasting any time or energy on this issue….

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    You sure we’re talking about the same guy….

  13. davexucc: He was a backup because he was not physically ready to play football after multiple off season operations. The guy’s body weight dipped under 205 pounds and he looked like a skeleton in camp.

  14. here’s lesson for the kiddies out there – whatever side you’re on in all this doesn’t really matter –

    even in this social media constructed faux world we live in actions still can have consequences and if you want to make a stand (or kneel as in this case) you better be prepared to gladly accept them.

  15. Kaepernick Sucks. He is Anti American. Goodell is a Joke of a Commissioner. I am proud of Trump, unlike many commenters on this article.

  16. Kaepernick’s stance on the National Anthem would make me want to sign him. We need more people giving the middle finger to Republicans and what they’ve done to destroy this country and the Middle Class and everything the 99% depends on, from education and health care to roads and the climate.

  17. Asked about Trump’s comment on Mike & Mike, Goodell said, “That’s a comment that he’s going to make and that’s fine.”

    This is a mis-quote he didn’t say I AM FINE WITH IT. He said THATS FINE. I mean i’m not a Goodell fan but cmon…IN REGARDS TO KAP why isn’t the media raising heck about Jay Cutler not having a job? This crap gets mote ridiculous by the day!!!!

  18. Goodell is the GOAT. Patriots fans watch their team win another super bowl but Goodell is still on their minds.
    Goodell stands out in a spotlight dancing and saying “look over here” while the owners get everything they want and never hear an whisper of criticism, because that boy Goodell can DANCE.
    He let the Kapernick situation take care of itself; now all those fans that hate CK are jubilant that he’s unemployed, and ol’ Rog has the POTUS giving the NFL free promotion to boot.

    Brady who? Roger is the best, and it’s not even close

  19. The NFL is one of the few topics about which Trump can comment and not sound as ignorant as he really is.

  20. Kap if I were coach I’d sign you.

    “Trump has more important things to do than wasting any time or energy on this issue.”

    — Apparently he doesn’t…

  21. Some truths about the Kaepernick situations
    1. His performances in the last few seasons have been poor enough to get him benched on a losing team. He has been below average.

    2. He has shown that his Social Justice fights are more important to him than being a successful QB (that’s ok, it’s his choice)

    3. He has taken controversial stances against the National Anthem and the Police and he has expressed admiration and support of Fidel Castro

    4. Since 2014 there have been many reports that he isolated himself in the locker room and kept a distance from players and coaches.

    You add all of that up and you SHOULD understand why no team is signing him at this time.

  22. What a turd, well, both of them, Trump & Goodell. Trump might want to forget his USFL fiasco and the way he treated staff while “owning” the New Jersey Generals, but for a commissioner not to stand up for one of his own, well, that tells you why ole Roger was booed out of the stadium after the Super Bowl. Whether you agree with Kap’s stance or not, respect it & since the NFL deemed it non-actionable, then to turn tail and agree with the Biggest Liar in Existence, is it any wonder no one respects the commissioner’s office any more?

  23. Here’s the funny thing – if that pudge of a president was a football player and his approval rate (37%) was equal to a QB completion rate, he’d pass through waivers and have to play in the new spring league (oh, that’s right, Donnie Boy hates the spring, just ask former USFL owners). But, if you look at Trump’s approval rating, I’m sure if you poll NFL players right now, Roger’s would be in single digits. Both of you guys, keep spewing your “words of wisdom.” Don’t you realize – America is not as dumb as you think!

  24. metitometin says:
    Mar 23, 2017 10:06 AM
    Kaepernick’s stance on the National Anthem would make me want to sign him. We need more people giving the middle finger to Republicans and what they’ve done to destroy this country and the Middle Class and everything the 99% depends on, from education and health care to roads and the climate.

    ________________________________________

    This is the type garbage liberals spit out and it’s why we have Trump as our President.
    You liberals are the biggest bunch of babies I’ve ever seen. You cannot deal with the fact that millions of American voters were fed up with how you liberals have caused the decline we’ve seen in this country, and went to the voting booths to make sure we didn’t get stuck with Hillary Clinton as our President.
    Many of your social programs which have been around for decades have not worked. O’Bama’s health care program was a disaster.
    So keep whining and carrying on. Those of us who voted for Trump love your misery.

  25. Trump is threatening any NFL team who may be interested in signing Kap. That is of course not free speech but Goodell does not want to be the target of such hate tweets himself, so he approves of Trump’s behavior.

  26. If Kaep wasn’t a distraction, he is skilled enough to at least be a backup, given how few decent QBs there are.

    If he was skilled enough to be a starter, the distractions would be ignored. Teams are looking at Joe Mixon in the upcoming draft, even though they know they will take a PR hit.

    But, middling talent with a distraction is a recipe for unemployment.

  27. What’s ironic is that if the NFL would.have let Trump buy the Bills then he probably would have not ran for president.

  28. Sometimes these athletes are their own worst enemy. I don’t get why he felt the need to kneel during the National Anthem. There are plenty of other platforms he could have used to tell us about his displeasure. But by doing what he did he really dissed the military and thats why now he is paying the price.

  29. clear2me says:
    Mar 23, 2017 9:27 AM
    Running the country is so easy he has time to delve into NFL managing?
    _________________

    Just stop. Obama commented on trivial stuff all the time. Talked a ton about basketball and sports in general.

  30. Meh.
    The list of QB’s with a 4:1 TD:Int ratio in a season is not that long. 18 rushing and passing TD’s with only 7 turnovers is really pretty good on a team as bad as the 49ers.

    Among QB’s he ranked….
    29th pass attempts
    29th completions
    26th TD’s (16)
    36th INT’s (4)
    4th Rushing attempts
    2nd Rushing yards
    9th Rushing TD’s (2)
    17th fumbles lost (3)

    These are modest figures but indicate the QB doesn’t turn the ball over as often as most QB’s. When you compare QB’s on losing teams these figures stand out.

    If you don’t care for his politics that’s cool. It’s hard separate those feelings from true analysis.

    His career number of 1 turnover for every 50 touches (pass, sack, rush) is among the best. He will probably be employed this season despite the polarizing nature of his persona.

  31. It’s entirely possibly that Goodell is in striking distance of becoming a billionaire, and Trump’s tax cuts (i.e. middle-class tax hikes) could very well be the finish line for him reaching that status. Simple math, right?

  32. “President Trump took some credit for Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment this week, saying that NFL owners may not want to sign Kaepernick because they don’t want the president to tweet criticism of a team for signing a player who declined to stand for the national anthem.”

    No. Trump said there were news stories that said this. He didn’t say it himself, he neither confirmed or denied what the news said he might do. Of course, as usual, the truth doesn’t fit the agenda.

  33. One thing about Goodell … the certainly knows which asses to kiss … and which ones he can kick …

  34. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Mar 23, 2017 11:52 AM
    It’s entirely possibly that Goodell is in striking distance of becoming a billionaire, and Trump’s tax cuts (i.e. middle-class tax hikes) could very well be the finish line for him reaching that status. Simple math, right?
    ____________________

    Simple something at work there but it isn’t math, lol. It took all of 30 seconds to discover Goodell’s total pre tax compensation to date has been $180.5m. Amazing thing the internet, you should check it out.

  35. Name one backup QB with better stats than kaepernick in the past three years ( his worst three years of his career)?

    Because I can name ten starters with far worse numbers. Brian Hoyer for instance as the assumed starter for SF… look at his numbers and then look at kaeps. Don’t tell me this is about production on the field.

    People say, no one wants a distraction as a backup QB…. but then I look at Tebow’s career and I know they are lying.

  36. And if Goodell is not fine with it, what’s he going to do? I’m wondering why this is deemed newsworthy, other than another lame attempt by some people to take a shot at a President they hate.

  37. If you are a back up qb distraction but praise jesus every time you get the chance and happen to be white… its all good. If you you are black, have won an NFC Championship, have a 4-2 record in the playoffs and superior stats to many starters in the league and say you want to make a stand for justice for all people including those with the least amount of it… then you become a distraction.

    Merika.

  38. davexucc says:
    Mar 23, 2017 9:15 AM
    Let’s not forget, Kaepernick was a backup QB before his kneeling and there was a good reason for that.

    He isn’t getting looks for the same type of reason Tebow didn’t. He isn’t one of the top 32 QBs in the league and teams don’t want a distraction as a backup QB.

    Has nothing to do with Trump.
    __________________________________

    It has nothing to do with Trump, but he is easy one of the best 32 if not 64 qbs in the league. He should be on someones roster.

  39. jag1959 says:
    Mar 23, 2017 12:24 PM
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Mar 23, 2017 11:52 AM
    It’s entirely possibly that Goodell is in striking distance of becoming a billionaire, and Trump’s tax cuts (i.e. middle-class tax hikes) could very well be the finish line for him reaching that status. Simple math, right?
    ____________________

    Simple something at work there but it isn’t math, lol. It took all of 30 seconds to discover Goodell’s total pre tax compensation to date has been $180.5m. Amazing thing the internet, you should check it out.

    ———————————-

    I looked at that, too, but it only took me five seconds. And then I added in family money, pre NFL compensation, gains on stock investments and compounded returns over the course of 35 years. Seriously, it’s not difficult. Try moving your lips and counting on your fingers to see if that helps. So, he is surely well on the way to becoming a billionaire, especially if he pays zero taxes like Trump.

  40. Of course Goodell is fine with Traitor Trump’s blathering about Kaepernick. These rich guys all stick together. Even Kraft is having dinner with Trump these days. How disgusting.

  41. Clear2me. Obama had plenty of time to play golf, fill out his March Madness brackets, play bball and watch lots ot TV. He said he got all his news from watching TV so a Trump tweet here and there on football is minor compared to Barack Hussein Obama.

  42. So funny how people are ready to condemn Kaepernick for kneeling during the National Anthem, but then say nothing about the fools who talk, laugh, eat, text, scream, and do other disrespectful things during the anthem.

  43. Trump also takes credit for the less than 5% unemployment rate that he inherited from Obama, even though during the campaign he claimed that the real unemployment rate was 28% or more. So, if a team signs Kap to a contract, will Trump take credit for that too? LOL

  44. In real news… the stock market soars, people are spending money and trump has given more hope to our economy than Bozo Obama did in 8 years. Small people have small minds, enjoy the ride, I’m loving it.

  45. What’s confusing to me is why would Kap not make San Fran cut him??? They would have think twice about it since it was a 19mil cap hit. If I was him, I would have never walked away from 14mil empty handed…unless there was some type of backdoor deal where he got money to keep quiet and go away.

  46. Wow, saying something nice about the Prez, get’s your comment deleted. Saying something bad is just fine. Ahhh the modern liberal media. Going to be a long 4-8 years for you.

  47. Mar 23, 2017 3:44 PM
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Mar 23, 2017 12:59 PM
    I looked at that, too, but it only took me five seconds. And then I added in family money, pre NFL compensation, gains on stock investments and compounded returns over the course of 35 years.
    =======================

    What ‘pre NFL compensation’ would that be? Are you referring to his college bartending tips? Since he got out of college Goodell has never held a paying job outside of the NFL. Forbes, the WSJ, The Richest and The Motley Fool all had his net worth pegged at about $75M as of last year. No doubt you feel your personal ‘calculations’ are far more reliable than those sources but you will have to forgive us for feeling they are just a touch more credible.

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