Al Sharpton to Roger Goodell: Don’t apologize, give Colin Kaepernick a job

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The Reverend Al Sharpton, who spoke last week at George Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis, delivered the eulogy on Tuesday at Floyd’s funeral in Houston.

Sharpton’s remarks included a reference to the NFL’s recent apology to its players for not listening in the past to concerns about racial injustice — an apology that never mentioned the man who was trying to get the nation’s attention four years ago as to the problem of police brutality against minorities.

“The head of the NFL said, ‘Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,'” Sharpton said. “Well, don’t apologize. Give Colin Kaepernick a job back. Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives. You sorry? Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, ’cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.”

Sharpton’s comments come at a time when the topic of Kaepernick getting a job with an NFL team is intensifying, not subsiding. The topic made its way into Monday’s late-night talk shows, with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon saying (via Sports Business Daily), “The NFL feels so badly that they’re this close to scheduling another fake workout for Colin Kaepernick. Here’s a fun fact, I just said Colin Kaepernick’s name one more time than Roger Goodell did.” Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah added (also via Sports Business Daily), “Every other industry, they have to prove their commitment by hiring thousands of new black people. The NFL has just got to hire one.”

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that nothing has happened regarding a potential return of Kaepernick to the NFL. No teams have inquired about his services or expressed interest in seeing what he can do or otherwise showing any inclination to change a three-plus-year status quo.

Will that change? It’s hard to imagine that change will truly come until Kaepernick gets a fair opportunity to return to the NFL. The question is which owner, G.M., and coach will have the courage to give Kaepernick consideration based on nothing but his football abilities.

112 responses to “Al Sharpton to Roger Goodell: Don’t apologize, give Colin Kaepernick a job

  1. I hope he does and I’d root for him to do well. But realistically, it has been 3 years since he’s played, and he’s like 32 now. Not that he can’t do well but it’s going to be a tough road for him. Only way I see him coming back is by taking a backup role and backup money, show what you got in preseason and any opportunities you get.

    He’s not a long term franchise QB anymore, but I think he can definitely make a difference though and at least have the chance to compete for a starter position.

  2. Does the Reverend know that no one is given a job in the NFL – particularly by the CEO. That player whose name shall not be spoken needs to convince a team that he has the intention of playing, not to use for publicity. So far he’s turned down two offers because he didn’t get the compensation he wanted. Now tell the player, Reverend, to lower his demands so he can be hired to a one year salary.

  3. The people who write the checks have spoken. Kaepernick isn’t wanted, even Tawana Bradley knows that.

  4. This is getting tiring. Now threatening the NFL to sign a player? Only the team has that option and no one has bit for three years in him.

    Try and force a team to sign him and you will be playing in empty stadiums, COVID or no COVID

  5. ” It’s hard to imagine that change will truly come until Kaepernick gets a fair opportunity to return to the NFL”
    this has nothing to do with Kaep, it’s about justice and true equality, yes it’d be a nice gesture on the NFL’s part, but it would do nothing to actually effect change for anything more than one person- how naive are you? just seems like youd didn’t really think about what you were saying at all

  6. No, Goodell needs to issue a apology to Kaepernick personally, then to all NFL players for violating their constitutional rights by using taxpayer funds to force them to participate in paid patriotism which cost some their jobs and endorsements.

  7. If Al Sharpton is involved, then it is a hard pass. How this man gets an audience with his reputation boggles the mind.

  8. Sharpton lost any credibility after Twanda Brawley! Bottom feeder trying to Capitalize on being a “victim” !

  9. Earth to Al…follow along here. He has had options in Seattle, Baltimore, possibly Denver, special treatment personal NFL tryout for all teams, etc. And he has either thought he is bigger than competing for a job or had his entourage sabotage it in effort to make him not look like the bad guy.

    Bottom line – he has had chances to play in the NFL and rejected them. Can somebody please fill Al in so he doesnt sound disengaged in what he is talking about.

  10. Give Kaepernick a job. The NFL already gave him millions of dollars -I seem to remember it being $10 million but I could be wrong – to compensate him for quitting or blackballing him, however you describe the Kaepernick thing. If he wants a job now, let him earn it. Whatever agreement there was, some say if there was, between the owners should be done. Anybody who thinks he can still play should sign him and let him compete for a job. If he can’t do it, I fully expect to hear it is because of who he is instead of how he played, but great, I’d love to see if he can still be a football player.

  11. Yeah, who cares that he’s a 3rd string talent wanting starter money! Just give him a job…

  12. That’s Al for you. You don’t have to earn nothing just give it to them. Just shut up Al you have your mouth into to much anyway.

  13. I ask this with all sincerity.

    Does Colin Kaepernick even want to play in the NFL any longer? I have never heard these words come from his mouth.

  14. Why is Al Sharpton still taken seriously by anyone with a clue? After Tawana Brawley Sharpton never should have been heard from again.

  15. Goodell canNOT tell an individual team to sign Kaepernick. The teams decide who to sign. Remember that John Elway said he offered to sign Kaepernick as a backup QB but that Kaepernick wanted starting QB money – $20 million per year. No sane team would spend that much on a backup QB. Kaepernick is the one who priced himself out of that job. So now Sharpton wants a team to sign Kaepernick as their token BLM QB? Maybe a team signs Kaepernick when that fraud Al Sharpton pays up all his back taxes. By the way, 10 black people were recently shot to death about 2 weekends ago in Chicago – probably by other black people. Why does Sharpton just ignore those deaths?

  16. Al Sharpton needs to give back the money he’s pilfered from the federal government and black people his whole life, as he’s lived the life of a parasite.

  17. The problem is that Goodell isn’t an NFL team owner, GM or coach. So he literally can’t give Kaepernick a QB job. The most he could do is encourage teams to sign him, but he can’t actually force a team to sign him. For some reason, Al Sharpton believes that Goodell was the one that took Kap’s job. When in reality, Kaepernick technically quit when he opted out of his contract with the 49ers.

  18. the commissioner cannot force a team to sign him. He can give him a job though. He can be Goodell’s personal assistant.

  19. Dallas could use a backup for Dalton….

    Kaepernick had a contract offer…but declined….he had an AAF offer…but declined….. he had a one man workout arranged by the NFL for him…. he declined…. the NFL gave him a mwssive amount of money to go away.

    Locker room cancer, mediocre quarterback play…. and now some team is just to hand him a job? Why? So he can decline it?

    I wont watch any team or any game that involves Colin Kaepernick.

    Want a job in the NFL? Earn it, just like everybody else had too.

  20. Colin Kaepernick was offered a job by the Denver Broncos and he turned it down. Teams then decided the media circus would not be worth his salary demands. Let’s not forget he didn’t exactly leave on a high note, performance-wise. He was riding the pine behind BLAINE GABBERT when he started protesting. I’m not saying owners didn’t “black-ball” him in a way, I’m saying there is always more context to these issues than any of these Al Sharpton types, BLM, etc. want to admit. Just like BLM behaves as if the police are the biggest threat to the black community, yet 230 black people were killed by police in 2019 (9 unnarmed) while 2600 were killed by…black people. If we’re ever going to have REAL, LASTING CHANGE for the better, EVERYONE needs to look in the mirror, even if it’s painful.

  21. Yes, please, give him a job. Then we can mock him and rejoice when he fails because he’s not good enough.

  22. Al Sharpton should apologize to the black community and give back the money he took.

  23. As much as the guy opens his pie hole for a living, would think he’d have a little better grammar down by now. When he gets involved in anything, credibility is instantly out the window, so best he just gets out this issue.

  24. Give him a NFL executive position handling all of these issues for the league. Salary, the average QB money for the past 3 yrs. Then see where it goes that makes sense.

  25. And what happens when Kap doesn’t make your team and you have to release him?

    The NFL has moved on from this 1 year wonder.

  26. There is more to being an NFL QB than football abilities. Having said that, after 4 years out of the game, there is a good chance he will not do well if put on the field. A backup role may be all he can get, at least for now. The problem lies in the fact that no team wants to bring him into camp in a year where the off season was lost, there may not be a proper training camp, and then have to handle the PR nightmare of cutting him when it is time to get down to 53 players. The only way is to make a special exemption that in any other year for any other player would be unacceptable, but in this unique disaster we’ve created, most if not all of the NFL would acquiesce to something like a roster exemption for the team that takes him, or, salary cap relief matching his salary. You couldn’t make this for a half season. It would have to be the whole season because again, cutting him at the mid way point would dare I say it….cause a riot. Maybe tier the benefit of taking him based on draft order, increasing the likelihood that a QB needy team picks him up and gets the benefit rather than a team with a fixed franchise QB, where he would be a backup but the salary cap money for the former backup would be used elsewhere. That would prevent a team like Kansas City from getting richer. You might also have to make a rule that whatever team takes him can’t cut a backup QB if he is AA, because that might cause a small riot. I’m just sayin’….

    Personally, none of this is going to help. Take all that cash and focus on incentives for job creation in urban areas, and teaching people the benefits of intact families. Those two things right there will solve 80% of the problems.

  27. Somebody please sign this hack so liberals can see first hand why he’s not in the league. For one, he was awful when he last played and when he was given a chance that no other player in the history of the league was given, he clearly showed he didn’t want it. It was nothing but a publicity stunt for him.

  28. If Colin Kaepernick could play like Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson, then teams would be running to sign him. But Kaepernick plays like Kaepernick – his mediocrity is not worth the circus – so pass.

  29. “The topic even made its way to the late night shows”. So that makes it gospel? The late night left wing propaganda shows you mean….ok Florio, you convinced me now that its being pushed in the late night shows..

  30. This is actually evidence that the league wasn’t blackballing him at all.

    If any team signed him right now they would be showered with praise and his Jersey would rocket to #1 in sales. The worst thing for Kap would be to return and struggle. Remember, that 9er defense was otherworldly, the OL was good, they ran well and had decent WRs. What team comes even close right now? Nope, he’s far better off playing the grievance game and he knows it.

  31. Al Sharpton is someone who profits off racism. If we all got along he would be out of a job. That’s why he keeps trying to fan the flames.

  32. Lol so now we are trying to force someone to pay someone millions of dollars for a job they aren’t that good at? Come on now!

  33. First, no one posting here knows what offers, if any, Kap has had so shut up.

    Second, the idea that no one wants him only is valid if there wasn’t an old man’s agreement among teams not to sign him so idiots like those posting don’t stop watching.

    Well guess what NFL, now you may really lose.

  34. MortimerInMiami says:
    June 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    And what happens when Kap doesn’t make your team and you have to release him?

    The NFL has moved on from this 1 year wonder.


    Starting QB in two NFC championships and a Superbowl.

    Shall we start looking at all the multi million dollar QBs who haven’t had a one year wonder?

  35. “You sorry? Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down” I’m guessing he missed the news about the league paying Kaepernick millions in the settlement?

    I respect and support his protest, but as a victim he’s not so sympathetic. He’s turned down multiple job offers, sabotaged other opportunities, and refused to play for other leagues without exorbitant contracts. And when he had the opportunity to prove collusion, he took the money and ran instead of fighting for a judgment in his court case.

    It adds up to someone who prefers to be a martyr over risking being seen as a failure – avoiding following through on anything. He had a chance to nail the league to the wall on collusion, and took the payoff. He’s had multiple chances to play, but turned them down. He turned the tryout event into a political circus.

    I believe he was sincere in his initial protests but I don’t believe his sincerity in anything else since then.

  36. What does it take to become a Reverend? Obviously not much. Anyone remember Tawana Brawley? Als been a hustler since day one. THe fact he has been to the white house multiple times to discuss race relations with Obama tells you all you need to know. Wow, I should have been a Reverend, surely if this guy can be….

  37. I hope they offer him a job and I hope he plays.

    Then the entire country will watch him suck and will remember how mediocre/bad he was his last few seasons in the league and they’ll stop acting like the league kept a future Hall of Famer out of the NFL.

    Also, what will the media do when they can’t ask, “Are you considering Colin Kaepernick?” every time a QB gets injured no matter how bad of a fit he would be in that team’s offense or that he hasn’t played in three years.

  38. Make him a referee.. Since he only sees everything in black and white

  39. Sad how this guy continues to get trucked out there to speak up and all he does is discredit the cause. Al, if you truly care, step aside. You are not helping. But just for fun, let me remind the PFT crowd of the 49ers team passing ranking that player’s team had the last four years:

    2013: 30
    2014: 29
    2015: 30
    2016: 32

    That QB which will remain nameless, took 36 sacks or more in 3 of those 4 years. Just sayin’….

  40. Ridiculous. They tried to schedule a workout last year to give him an avenue to get a job. Legal terms in the waiver got in the way and his team backed out. Those weren’t unusual terms. If he wanted a job that would have been his chance. What more can the NFL do?

  41. Sounds about right coming from Al Sharpton, Give the anti American CK a job. Don’t let him earn it,but give it to him.America is sliding down the path of no return. I hope the NFL,NBA and MLB all are shut down for good. Tired of all this mess. All the looters and burners want is give me. I don’t want to work,you owe me.

  42. Wasn’t Kaep offered and turned down a job? or more? The NFL didnt say he cant have a job.. he became toxic. I keep seeing best scenario is 3rd string positions… Why would he take them now and not before? This just doesn’t pass the smell test.

  43. I’m tired of non football people commenting on football, its not up to Goodell, its up to the individual teams.

  44. Im sorry but no one is given a job. He actually has to earn it and it is up to the owners to decide if he is good enough and wanted on their team. No one can tell an owner who to add to their roster. I think it is absurd that Al Sharpton is trying to demand that Roger Goodell give Kaepernick a job that he has not earned.

  45. Kaep sucked the last two years with SF. He got exposed by other defenses, not too mention opted out his contract with SF. His lack of focus and talent got him kicked out of SF.

  46. NFL should hire him as a Social Justice Advocate, that should make his supporters happy

  47. Him doing this at a funeral exposes something about Kaepernick.

    His intention was to advocate for Kaepernick but plenty of people are mad he used the platform of a funeral. They’re mad even though he would say his intentions weren’t to disrespect the funeral.

    Kaepernick’s intention was obviously to protest police brutality but plenty of people were mad he chose the anthem to do that. Even though it wasn’t his intention to them it disrespected the anthem.

    So why, despite intentions is one feeling of disrespect fine (funerals) but the other tantamount to racism and cancelation from polite society?

  48. Its all so simple, if Kap could win games he would have been on a team years ago, this is about the ability to produce and win games, not be a SJW.

    Michael Vick re-earned a starting QB position because he could actually WIN games!

  49. So let’s say Kap is given a legitimate opportunity, doesn’t matter if it’s backup or starting but he fails to prove he can still play. Kap gets released. Know what’s going to happen? Kap sues the team accusing they only signed him as a PR stunt and the team was never truly serious about keeping him on the roster.

    So yea, it’s a lose lose. I think we all know Kap wasn’t all that good anyway so this is a risk that’s not even worth taking.

  50. As I chiefs fan, I would be happy if Krap joined our team. Like cleaning the toilets in the locker room and washing the players jock straps.

  51. Kap does not want to play football. He wants to be a martyr.

    This is getting beyond old.

  52. I sat next to Al Sharpton on a flight from New York to San Francisco in business class back in the mid 90’s. He was actually a very funny and cool guy.

  53. Goodell — don’t even pause — just do it! If you do not immediately demand the hiring of Colin, then when the season starts kneel next to him during the Flag and the Anthem, you will be character assassinated.

    And, you have to make a long and impassioned plea and statement on whatever Al Sharpton says you should. Two weeks of nationwide “protesting” and looting shows who is really in charge in this country — Rev. Al. And he is not taking any prisoners!

  54. Well, the NFL tried to give this turd a job. He stomped his foot and took his ball to another location. How about ‘reverend’ Al hires him.

  55. Its possible he would’ve been signed if he wasn’t asking for alot of money. Now he is several years removed, would someone sign him? I guess. However, he is even worse than he was and he was a backup/borderline starting QB. Given the COVID-19 stuff, any QB that wasn’t on the team last season are going be behind the players on were on the team. No businessman is going to pay starter money to guy that has not played in years and did not look like he cared much when he did last play (that or he was not good). Outside of the side, would a team be forced to keep him if he does play bad because of the bad look it would have if he was released? It seems like a situation to avoid. Also I think the Ravens were ready to sign him until his girlfriend thought he would be a good idea to compare Biscotti to slave holder and Ray Lewis to a slave. That to me, is very racist.

  56. Al, always have my hand out Sharpten, cant force nor should he force the head, the almighty power of the NFL to give someone who sucks at quarterback a job.
    Goody should tell Al, he turned down two offers. He had a chance and passed.

  57. When I was working as an employee specialist, my boss called me into office and told me about someone in the office, cronic bitcher, who always complained she never got to go to training or conferences. I said problem solved I signed this person up for a conference problem solved.
    Kap is just like that, he prefers to bitch about his situation because he gets attention. Actually going to a team and falling on his face is not what he really wants but wants everyone else to think thats what he wants. Cronic bitcher.

  58. Sharpton will not be the guy to eradicate racism in the country. He is the champion of stirring the pot..

  59. White people hating on Reverend Al for Tawana Brawley! If only they hated on the guy who took out the full page ad calling for the death penalty on the Central Park Five who went to prison for a crime they didn’t commit! Oh yeah…they made him our failure of a president!

  60. …I love watching grown men whine and fill each other’s heads with parrot lies.


  61. Kap is worth about league minimum at about a million or two a year, one year prove it deal as a back-up where the only chance he gets to play is preseason (if there is any) or if the starter gets hurt. Don’t see to many teams that would be willing to spend more than a million or two for his services, don’t see Kap taking that type of money since he already rejected Elway’s $7 million a year. Seahawks would have signed him if he had enough talent but he didn’t since he has no touch with throwing the ball, all fast ball lasers and lacks accuracy.

  62. that would be the same al sharpton who fabricated out of whole cloth the tawana brawley racial allegations and foments discord at every opportunity for personal gain. avowed racists can just sit down and shut up. oh, and by the way, he was also an fbi informant so he’s a rat too.

  63. Kaepernick is a 2nd to 3rd string quarterback at the most, and he
    won’t play for the minimum salary which is all he’ll get.

  64. Trevor Noah added (also via Sports Business Daily), “Every other industry, they have to prove their commitment by hiring thousands of new black people…”
    What does hiring people have to do with police brutality?

  65. Since Sharpton is now in the business of trying to force teams to sign Kaepernick, why not try and get Antonio Brown a job as well!

  66. Good Forbid the team that signs him. Even worse when they have to cut him.

  67. little known fact but a majority of teams contract mr sharpton to scout college talent pre draft…he was the one who told bellichick take brady, he told reid to trade up for mahommes…
    im. suprised there arent 20 teams fighting over kap right now.

  68. Al Sharpton…proof that grifters come in all races and colors.

  69. Maybe if Kap is willing to come down from his asking price of $20m per season, a team might give him a chance as a backup. But he wants to be a starter and get starter pay. However even before he first took a knee, he had already lost his starting position…to Blaine Gabbert. Kap hasn’t been a full time starter in 5 years, yet a team is just supposed to hand him a starting job?

  70. All the talking heads assume Kap wants to play. Maybe he does, maybe he does not? I have not seen a recent interview.

  71. Oh no, a guy who represented someone that falsely accused a group of people of rape and has made a career of sowing division for personal enrichment is making demands. Whatever will the NFL do.

  72. He was offered a job, and declined. His girlfriend ruined his other chance.

  73. I am not holding my breath. Kap is still being blacklisted for the time being.

  74. This entire time kaep and his agent have NEVER mentioned contract demands – EVER. He has no intention of playing for what his true value is. He’d rather continue playing the victim. Kaep’s pride won’t let him play for the veteran minimum.

  75. Al Sharpton is a scum bag. He profits off of racism and is as big of a part of the problem as anyone involved. While most of us feel remorse for what’s happening with black Americans and the police he lives for it. He should not be allowed anywhere near any of this. He’s there to make the situation worse not better!!

  76. Its a throwaway season. Put him on a team and let them win the Superbowl.

    It will be just like the 2010 season when they fabricated New Orleans Superbowl win.

  77. Yeah, just give him a job. That will make everything better. Especially when his on field play doesn’t warrant a job for what he wanted in compensation. What ever happened to letting businesses make business decisions that are in their best interest, rather than being forced to hire someone under a false narrative?

  78. I hope what I read today was false news, but somebody had written that Al charged the Floyd family 27k to speak at the funeral.

  79. Here’s an idea. If he doesn’t catch on as a player, hire Kap into the front office of the NFL as a Director of Social Issues / Diversity.

  80. Does Al realize Goodell can’t force a team to sign him? It’s up to the owners and GM.

  81. Didn’t Colin get an offer from the Broncos for $7 Million that he turned down back three years or so ago? Perhaps he’d sign a contract to play for the Texans, the Chiefs or the Colts as the 2nd or 3rd QB and make a place for himself back in the league?

  82. Who’s gonna take Colin? Who *needs him*? The rest of this is all football, because well that is all that matters. Assuming he was black balled and now is not.

    No team will take him to start this year presumably. Too late in the game at the very least. Which teams could bring him to “back up” a lower tier starter? Not sure anyone. Ok so who does he make sense as a #1 back up? Cardinals, maybe SD…but if you have a low tier guy you believe in you don’t bring him in. Maybe Indy to BU for a year.. there are places but would seem a bit limited. Do you back up Wilson with him, who never gets hurt and no matter who backs him up your pretty screwed if he does get hurt?

    I dunno. Colin is good enough to be a low tier starter (or was). Let’s see.

  83. yaz67 says:
    June 9, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    The biggest con man to ever walk the planet. Has Al paid his taxes yet?
    Sorry, that statement is incorrect. That honor belongs to 45.

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