President Trump would “love to see” Colin Kaepernick get a job in the NFL, “if he’s good enough”

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Free-agent (for more than two years) quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to be available. Many think he continues to be blackballed by a group of owners who are, among other things, fearful of the reaction President Trump.

On Friday morning, during a lengthy open-air, high-temperature Q&A with reporters, President Trump gave his blessing to an NFL team employing Kaepernick. With a caveat.

“Only if he’s good enough,” President Trump said. “If he’s good enough. . . . And I think if he was 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 P.R. move. If he’s good enough, he will be in.”

That explanation sounds a lot like what Commissioner Roger Goodell said about Kaepernick two years ago, before the Ravens decided to refrain from signing Kaepernick not because he wasn’t good enough, but because he was deemed to be bad for business. Indeed, Goodell shifted — in a very subtle but significant way — his talking points regarding Kaepernick once the question of his employment went from being a matter of winning games to being an issue of making (or losing) money. (Earlier this year, while Kaepernick’s collusion grievance was still pending, Goodell retreated to the “teams want to win” mantra, possibly because he was pushed to adopt one position or the other during his deposition testimony in Kaepernick’s case.)

The “good enough” argument went out the window a long time ago, and the fact that Kaepernick hasn’t played for more than two-and-a-half years makes it easier for NFL teams to continue to ignore him based on perceived lack of merit. Fear of the reaction not only by Trump but also by Trump supporters continues to fuel the business reasons for shunning Kaepernick, along with both a desire to teach a lesson to players who may be inclined to spark movements that are averse to the league’s interests and a willingness to sue the league, ultimately finagling a payment that fell somewhere between $1 million and $10 million in order to settle the claim.

At this point, Kaepernick’s name doesn’t even come up when a team needs a quarterback. Ten years to the month after the Eagles gave a second chance to admitted dogfighter Mike Vick, Philadelphia needs a capable backup to Carson Wentz. And Kaepernick’s phone likely will continue to not ring.

It’s likely never going to ring, and the NFL is probably only one season away from it never being an issue again.

22 responses to “President Trump would “love to see” Colin Kaepernick get a job in the NFL, “if he’s good enough”

  1. I was never of fan while he was in the NFL but during his last year he threw 16TD to 4INT’s while completing 60% of his passes. I have seen far worse than that in each and every year he’s been out of football. And I will absolutely see vastly worse than that this year, and next year and the year after that too.

    Just because I wasn’t a fan of his doesn’t mean I can’t be objective.

  2. Thank you President Trump! If he’s good enough someone will sign him. Of course we all saw how “good” he was when Blaine Gabbert benched him…

  3. Maybe I’m reading too deep into the second paragraph. But did President Trump really say he was giving his blessing to an NFL team employing Colin Kaepernick? He’s not a king or ruler of this country. He’s only a representative of this country and should not be giving any blessings to any business making business decisions.

  4. At this point, Kaepernick’s name doesn’t even come up when a team needs a quarterback.
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    He did it to himself. Opted out his contract, turned down the Broncos, Ravens and Seahawks. Benched for Gabbert twice and threw for 4 yards in a game. Was statistically at the bottom of most categories his last year playing. He WAS good enough. 4 yards in a game and being benched for Gabbert was just the tip of the iceberg. He’s not good enough.

  5. cags777 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    Maybe I’m reading too deep into the second paragraph. But did President Trump really say he was giving his blessing to an NFL team employing Colin Kaepernick? He’s not a king or ruler of this country. He’s only a representative of this country and should not be giving any blessings to any business making business decisions.

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    I see it more as an insult to Kaep. He’s basically saying he’s not good enough to play in the NFL because he would’ve been signed already if he was good enough, which tells him that he isn’t good enough.

  6. I seem to recall Ray Lewis saying they basically had a done deal with Kaepernick. Until the Ravens got wind of Kaepernick’s girlfriend posting on twitter racist memes referencing both Ray Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Biscotti.

  7. In 2016 Kaep had a 60% rate and people say he should still be playing, the same year Bradford had a 71% completion rate.
    Funny how you never hear that Bradford is being black balled.

  8. CK might be good enough, but he’s not $20M a year good… and that’s why he never got another shot.

  9. Wasn’t he asking for $20 million from the XFL? He priced himself out with that price. His NFL career stats were actually pretty bad, outside of 2 seasons (2013-2014). Even in those years he had around a 60% completion rate.

  10. Marisa Tomei had a great line about what color pants the hunter was wearing after the deer got shot. At 1-11 in 2016 do you really care if he had a pretty TD to INT ratio as a completely ineffective QB and failure as a team leader?

  11. Trump is playing chess with a group of checker players. Breaking Liberal hearts daily. If Kaep were a stud, he would be on the field…… He is not, he remains unemployed.

  12. In 2016 he was 26th in completion percentage, just behind Trevor Siemens. He was 29th in yards. He was 17th in passer rating.

    He’s not good enough. Give it a rest.

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