Pete Carroll: “We owe a tremendous amount” to Colin Kaepernick

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said “we owe a tremendous amount” to Colin Kaepernick for protesting against racial inequality and police brutality.

(Even if, as it turns out, Carroll decided that he didn’t owe Kaepernick a job.)

Carroll made the remarks during a podcast with NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich.

“I think that there was a moment in time that a young man captured. He took a stand on something, figuratively took a knee, but he stood up for something he believed in — and what an extraordinary moment it was that he was willing to take,” Carroll said on The Ringer’s Flying Coach podcast, via Nick Friedell of “But what happened from the process is it elevated awareness from people that just took everything away from what the statement was all about, and it just got tugged and pulled and ripped apart.

“And the whole mission of what the statement was, such a beautiful . . . it’s still the statement that we’re making right today. We’re not protecting our people. We’re not looking after one another. We’re not making the right choices. We’re not following the right process to bring people to justice when actions are taken. So I think it was a big sacrifice in the sense that a young man makes, but those are the courageous moments that some guys take.

“And we owe a tremendous amount to him for sure.”

Kaepernick’s taking a knee during the national anthem came up during a conversation between the coaches about George Floyd, who died when a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, triggering nights of protests across the country.

Carroll may have come closer to providing Kaepernick a chance to continue his career than any coach, bringing him in for a visit in 2017.

Ultimately, they never worked him out or signed him.

15 responses to “Pete Carroll: “We owe a tremendous amount” to Colin Kaepernick

  1. True. Side note: I always thought Kaep should give up on the NFL and monetize his fame more. He would still make a lot of money, make more of a difference, and emerge into middle age and beyond without the physical beating of football.

  2. Gena Smith needs to refresh his backup resume because get ready for the Seahawks to throw money at Kaep.

  3. Pete is very good at compartmentalizing…..He knows what Kaps value is at this stage and Pete has always been out front for racial equality…look what he did in LA when he was at USC for the underprivileged…

  4. daysend564 says:
    June 3, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Then sign him a your starting QB.

    Yeah!! Sign Kap to takeover for your team first, community first, first ballot HOF QB who himself is a minority to prove something to a random PFT commenter! That’ll learn ’em!

  5. I thought you folks told Kaepernick to keep politics out of sports. What are you telling Drew Brees?

  6. In terms of style, Kaep would be a great backup for Russell. Running around, extending plays and whatnot. So why not sign such an outstanding young man, Pete? I mean, you have one of the worst backup QBs in the league…

    Seriously, I can’t stand Kaep and it would be a massive mistake but clearly you don’t agree. So why not ditch the trash you have now and offer Kaep a job?

  7. As a person, we do owe Kaep a lot.
    As a player, far far less

    People are so caught up in their own solidified perspective they’re unable to differentiate that, or see the value in others.

  8. No one owes Kap a job. But, there are several teams with worse starting QBs than him. There is clearly an agreement in the league not to sign him.

  9. Sign him Pete. And everyone kneel including you. And when racist, obese, liar, orange, criminal, ex Pres Trump complains flip him and his supporters the finger.

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