Malcolm Jenkins: NFL won’t get it right until Colin Kaepernick gets apology

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a video statement Friday that received strong reviews, but it landed one step short in the view of some NFL players.

In his video supporting players’ fight for social injustice, Goodell never mentioned Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality during the national anthem, has not played in the NFL since 2016.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said the league has fallen short by continuing to ignore Kaepernick.

“I still don’t think [the NFL has] gotten it right,” Jenkins, co-founder of the Players Coalition, said Tuesday in an appearance on CBS This Morning. “Until they apologize, specifically, to Colin Kaepernick, or assign him to a team, I don’t think that they will end up on the right side of history.

“At the end of the day, they’ve listened to their players. They’ve donated money. They’ve created an Inspire Change platform. They’ve tried to do things up to this point. But it’s been one player in particular that they have ignored and not acknowledged, and that’s Colin Kaepernick.”

Goodell said the league was “wrong in not listening to NFL players earlier.”

NFL players (and others) are speaking again — loudly and in big numbers — about Kaepernick’s lack of opportunity.

Yet, the NFL so far has remained silent on Kaepernick.

“That’s the only thing people want to hear,” Jenkins said. “If it’s not going to correct that or acknowledge that, then everything else doesn’t need to be said.”

99 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: NFL won’t get it right until Colin Kaepernick gets apology

  1. Next will be reparations for 100 years of “sports slavery”.

    Once you open the door for nonsense, it will never end.

    No amount of appeasement will ever be enough for the entitled and insane.

  2. Get used to it people. These outrageous requests won;t be ending anytime soon.

  3. The New York Knicks have a black President, Black GM and Black head coach, but are taking criticism from Liberals for having not “validated” the black experience. Whatever the hell that is

  4. Piggybacking on Jenkins comments, they could assign Kaep to SF and reinstate his previous contract before he was strongarmed into eliminating the remaining years in exchange for a 1 year deal. This would be a compromise that some may not like but he gave up some guarantees when Chip Kelly committed strong arm robbery.

  5. Kaep should be on a team. But he made some mistakes too. Like calling people racists and plantation owners. Wearing pig socks. And then taking the shut-up money. Let’s not make him the total victim here. He was an active contributor in this mess.

  6. Team ownership doesnt really care that he kneeled. They care about the distraction to their teams.

    It would be a media circus.

    And at this point, the distraction isn’t worth the talent level.

    If Brady, or Mahomes, or Watson, or Lamar kneeled they would still have there job. Because talent level would be worth the media headache.

  7. Yet, the NFL so far has remained silent on Kaepernick.

    “That’s the only thing people want to hear,” Jenkins said. “If it’s not going to correct that or acknowledge that, then everything else doesn’t need to be said.”

    So anything positive that comes from anything the NFL institutes is meaningless unless it apologizes to him? Funny, I thought it was about more than just one person…

  8. Keep moving the goalposts.
    Does anyone get the feeling that certain groups will never be satisfied no matter what happens?

  9. Right after he apologizes for wearing a Castro t-shirt and police=pigs socks!!

  10. Kaepernick should be apologizing for choosing a very devisive way to protest and doubling down when it divides people, causing attention to constantly be diverted from the real issue which is police brutality against black people

  11. Kaepernick made his own bed. Go back and look at how his situation came to be. He was vocal about leaving the 49ers. He rejected their offer to extend. But he got no offers after that episode other than Denver,… and he turned Elway down. He sabotaged the work out the NFL set up for him. And I’m supposed to feel sorry for him ????
    NO APOLOGY from this guy. Live with it Kaepernick, You own it.

  12. All of the players talking about what Kaepernick deserves, I really would love to hear what they are saying after Kaep is starting on their team for a few weeks. He couldn’t muster up so much as a first down last time he played in the league. But lets make things fun and give him the job, then put some cameras in front of those wide receivers and see what they have to say

  13. Jenkins is an idiot.
    Apologize for what?
    Kaepernick being a terrible QB?

  14. You do not want to get into “assigning players” to teams. That opens a whole potential can of worms. As to Kap, a common know fact is that when you are looking for a job you can’t go around making an ass of your self, insulting people and posting things on social media. Any of us that has looked for a job know that.

  15. I’m still waiting for Kaepernick to apologize to all football fans for the distractions he caused.

    Not holding my breath, though.

  16. When did Malcolm Jenkins become the social justice warrior for the NFL

  17. Though I have not always agreed with all of Malcom Jenkins opinions and positions I’ve held him in high esteem for the work he does in the communities he lives and considered him a serious person. However, between the way he acted about the Drew Brees Tweet and now this Kaepernick nonsense I’m convinced he’s an un-serious, juvenile clown who should be ignored.

  18. Why should they apologize? They let him protest? They didn’t opt out of his contract? They did not blow his chance with the Ravens?

    I understand there is a problem in this country but this stuff doesn’t help.

    This Kap stuff is getting old. If he wanted to play so bad he would have been on the Ravens but we all know what happened with that.

  19. Cops are 18 1/2 times likely to be killed by an African American then an African American is likely to be killed by the cops. So Kaep is the one who should be apologizing

  20. As far as I am concerned, kap is about as useful as Nancy pelosi. Kap had such a deprived life, white rich parents, private schools, the best of everything. He has no dog in this fight!

  21. Thanks for speaking the truth Malcolm. What they did to Colin was just wrong.

  22. What the hell does the NFL need to apologize for? Seriously… Krap opted out of his last contract. Elway offered him a contract, didn’t want it. Last year the NFL gave him a shot at a workout, Krap screwed that up. He was benched for Blane Gabbert for goodness sakes! Dude wants at least 20 Million a year, FOR WHAT??? To be a one read then run qb? Krap sucks and does not want to play in the NFL, dude is just profiting off of acting like the victim and stupid people are buying it. Jenkins is an idiot.

  23. The Saints are really excited they signed Jenkins right about now. That roster is talking a LOT and while they are a mature group who will come together, sheesh that would be somewhat challenging to ignore as a coach, let alone manage. They are the anti-patriots.

  24. A millionaire sticking up for another millionaire. How about using your energy and celebrity and address why 18 people were shot dead in Chicago on Sunday?
    Then I’ll be impressed.

  25. Collin, on behalf of the NFL, I am deeply sorry that you sabotaged your career.

  26. I am sick of hearing from big mouths like Malcom Jenkins. If Colin Kaepernick hadn’t quit, he’d have a job in the NFL.
    If Colin Kaepernick gets signed by an NFL team, I’m done watching the NFL.
    I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and have grown sick and tired of seeing blacks riot, burn, loot, and attack innocent people without provocation. And no — the George Floyd incident didn’t give them the right to do the things they are doing.
    I find it very telling that blacks are outraged by the violence which was put on George Floyd by a cop, yet they remain very silent about the violent behavior of many blacks all over the country. I’m outraged as much by their behavior as I am the cop’s behavior.
    Today, in the very small town where I live, they had a demonstration and closed down roads to allow the demonstration to proceed. I wonder why no one has organized a demonstration when a cop gets killed on duty?
    I am done talking about this crap. It will do nothing to make race relations better in this country.

  27. Anyone saying Kap’s protest wasn’t about disrespecting the flag, check out this quote from THE UNDEFEATED 8/27/16

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”

    -Colin Kapernick

  28. I keep saying the only way to make this right is to have some kind of display at the hall of fame.

    The NFLPA and the football writers need to make that happen. The league shouldn’t even have a say in the matter.

  29. chickensalad43 says:
    June 9, 2020 at 5:44 pm
    Kaepernick shouldn’t sniff a job until Cam Newton gets one first.

    ———————-

    Why? Cam Newton offers nothing to a team, he’s broken. The last time I saw Colin Kaepernick play against my Dolphins in 2016 he nearly single handily beat us. SF was severely overmatched in that game and only CK kept them i it.

    I wish Cam Newton was the Patriots, Bills or Jets QB and I got to play him twice.

    And then there’s also the fact that Cam is an a-hole and genuinely unlikeable.

  30. The dink disrespected all military all those who died defending this flag and all veterans. If he wants to kneel he can do it at home, since he no longer has a job, turned down not one but two opportunities to be on a team and is a loser basically.
    He doesnt want to play football he knows his one decent year gig is over and he would be a flop.

  31. Hire Kaepernick?
    -The guy who thinks police are pigs? (ex. wearing pig socks)
    -Who commends Cuba’s authoritarian system?

    No apology to him.

    NFL oppresses minorities? The same system that gives salaries to players that are in the millions?

  32. Why won’t the media ask Kaepernick if he would take a back role and backup money?

  33. The guy decided to leave money on the table and opt out, then demanded higher pay with no basis on it (it wasn’t like he opted out after the SB year). His girlfriend also implied Biscotti was a slave owner when he was ready to sign him. Why would anyone sign a marginal QB who wants more money than he deserves, with a significant other who will accuse you of being racist? He has been removed for several years, if a team wants to sign him to the league minimum (which may also not be a good look), then go for it. However I assume there will be backlash if he is released. Just seems like a very low reward and high risk (terrible business on the part of business virtuosos)

  34. This is why baseball and hockey will always be better than the NFL and NBA.

  35. Has he apologized for praising castro and for wearing pig socks meant to insult law enforcement? It goes both way, clowns.

  36. Apologize for what? Many of us understand the message, but Kap co-opted paid events, caused consternation among the NFL fan based and jeopardized the NFL’s brand. When the Ravens kneeled in London against the Jags, fans here literally began to pitch their jerseys.

    There are still a lot of people who aren’t going to take kneeling to the National Anthem well.

    Keep the players in the locker room for the National Anthem and let them kneel the whole game, if they like.

  37. Really tired of this. Its having an opposite effect but these tools don’t get it. Give an inch they’ll take a mile. I’ve dont nothing ion my life but give respect to people based on their actions not their skin color. I wish they would do the same but all they see is color. Kinda amazing actually if you think about it. They always accuse you of what they do…..

  38. Deserves an apology from the POTUS too.

    Sad times when a president wants a peaceful protester fired.

  39. Baltimore was considering bringing Kap in back in 2017 until Kap’s gf posted that inflammatory picture comparing Ray Lewis to a slave and Baltimore’s owner to a slave master.

    Maybe Kap’s girlfriend is the one who owes him an apology?

  40. Sad times indeed. When you idolize men who hold a gun to a pregnant woman’s stomach while robbing her

  41. Apparently if you are white and love your country, you are the problem. I’m just tired of the nonsense. Let’s just all be human beings and get along.

  42. It is frightening how many people do not understand that Kaepernick was within his constitutional right. Just an amazing amount of racists ignorance. Unbelievable.

  43. Lets face it he had one great game against the packers and was figured out right after that. Life is short in the NFL and I getting sick and tired about how he belongs in the NFL. When you sue the place you work at, it can be a little difficult to get rehired. Can’t wait for football to start up so we can move on to better stories.

  44. This guy is a fool. Kaep has been given numerous opportunities and he’s pissed them away.
    Whether it was his racist girlfriend call Steve Schott a slave owner or his crappy workout last year where his timing was high school level.
    Why should this guy be given chances that no one else has received? Because he’s half black?
    Cmon guys, let’s be real.

  45. They should assign coaches too, that would solve the Rooney problem

  46. Apparently if you are white and love your country, you are the problem. I’m just tired of the nonsense. Let’s just all be human beings and get along.

    Exactly the USA is by far the most fair country in the world. Try your song and dance elsewhere. If there is wrong doing then justice should prevail but to paint this as an epidemic is insulting considering the amount of crime in certain areas

  47. Colin and Malcolm, I’m sorry everybody in America does not share your opinions, political beliefs, and methods of expression. Welcome to adulthood as a fellow human being. There, all better.

  48. redlikethepig says:
    June 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Kaep should be on a team. But he made some mistakes too. Like calling people racists and plantation owners. Wearing pig socks. And then taking the shut-up money. Let’s not make him the total victim here. He was an active contributor in this mess.
    ———————-
    And if he hadn’t done those things he might be on a team. His passing offences were also never better than 29th in the league and he took a ton of sacks but don’t tell the “terrified to offend” media that.

  49. “Sorry you knelt during the National Anthem now get on with your life”!

  50. Kaep should be playing in the NFL because he’s better than 85% of the QB’s currently playing. Kaep is only 32 years old and he isn’t banged up, so he should be given a chance based off of his resume. The facts say Kaep should’ve been back, but the caucasian reality is, he’s washed up and he should’ve never been in the NFL! 🤦🏾‍♂️

  51. Next they will insist Kap is handed ownership of a team. Goodell will retire announcing Al Sharpton as his successor. All white player have to give 25% of their salaries to fund an Academy of Minority coaches, GMs and officiating.

  52. Kaep should be playing in the NFL because he’s better than 85% of the QB’s currently playing. Kaep is only 32 years old and he isn’t banged up, so he should be given a chance based off of his resume. The facts say Kaep should’ve been back, but the caucasian reality is, he’s washed up and

  53. LOL. Kaepernick got paid millions in the lawsuit that followed his fake collusion case. That’s enough apology for anyone!

  54. Apology for what, exactly? For him losing his job to Blaine Gabbert? For him refusing a contract offer from Denver? For the publicity stunt he pulled last year?

    Tell us Mr. Jenkins, what exactly for? He got beat, left and has now become a martyr of his own making that gullible people fall for. Pretty much a false idol at this point.

  55. The fact remains that the President of the United States called a citizen of this country a “son of a bitch” for taking a knee, which is within his constitutional rights. Is it not Trumps #1 job is to protect citizens constitutional rights, or just the rights for you MAGA lemmings.

  56. You hate Colin so much. But he is elite…SB appearance, multiple championship, prophet, 38 wonderlic.. watch out haters!

  57. Malcolm Jenkins has appointed himself as one of the Race Inquisitor’s and everyone of us

    is guilty unless he says otherwise.

  58. NinoBrown says:
    June 9, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    Piggybacking on Jenkins comments, they could assign Kaep to SF and reinstate his previous contract before he was strongarmed into eliminating the remaining years in exchange for a 1 year deal. This would be a compromise that some may not like but he gave up some guarantees when Chip Kelly committed strong arm robbery.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What are you talking about? Kap opted out of his contract after Kelly was already gone.

  59. theblackraider1 says:
    June 9, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Kaep should be playing in the NFL because he’s better than 85% of the QB’s currently playing. Kaep is only 32 years old and he isn’t banged up, so he should be given a chance based off of his resume. The facts say Kaep should’ve been back, but the caucasian reality is, he’s washed up and he should’ve never been in the NFL! 🤦🏾‍♂️
    ——————-
    Right…I’ll take the bait, here it goes. The “Caucasian reality” once upon a time drafted Cam Newton first overall. Did you forget? More recently, Kyler Murray took that honour. I’m pretty sure they’re black. Now, super Cam isn’t good anymore, so he’s out of a job. Similarly, Kap, who was never very good, is retired. Kap’s passing offenses were at the bottom of the league every year – never better than 29th. He was regressing, hence, he was not desirable as a starter. If teams thought he could make a positive difference, they’d have jumped all over him. Oh, remember first overall pick Michael Vick. He you may recall, is also black and went away for a while. But he got a job pretty quickly upon reinstatement because he could help his team win games. But go on and tell us all about Kap, the victim.

  60. “Kaep is only 32 years old and he isn’t banged up, so he should be given a chance based off of his resume.”

    ———-

    Friend, you need to look at the whole resume. Even if he didn’t do any controversial protesting, interest in him would have been mild at best. His football resume is frankly bottom third of the NFL starters at best and his personal choice in things he’s said and worn (Castro shirt) make him look like a world class tool. He made his bed when he terminated his contract in SAN Fran and turned down the Broncos. I know, I know, he’s a man of principle.

  61. “Assign him to a team” LOL, does this guy expect the NFL to be like..

    “Here you (team name), he’s your problem now!”

    Ain’t happening. Teams have been free to sign him for 3 years now and they passed.

  62. HeavyD says:
    June 9, 2020 at 7:07 pm
    It is frightening how many people do not understand that Kaepernick was within his constitutional right. Just an amazing amount of racists ignorance. Unbelievable.
    ——————————
    #1-you do not have those constitutional rights(freedom of speech, expression) necessarily in the workplace. #2-I only hate his white half and I’m white so this does not make me racist.

  63. HeavyD says:
    June 9, 2020 at 8:04 pm
    The fact remains that the President of the United States called a citizen of this country a “son of a bitch” for taking a knee, which is within his constitutional rights. Is it not Trumps #1 job is to protect citizens constitutional rights, or just the rights for you MAGA lemmings.
    ————————————

    Obama called the tea party “tea baggers”. It’s not about black and white rather right and wrong.

  64. What nonsense, guy tried and leveraged his job to protest police injustice, which does exist. Could have went about it in a different way instead of kneeling during the anthem . Regardless of what it means to him it’s disrespectful to those who serve and protect our country. He is an idiot and all lives do matter. I believe in humanity so I’m a racist since I don’t believe in black lives matter?? Absolutely ridiculous, shame on Bress for apologizing, respect Joe Horn that much more, those calling him out are morons and need to see what he has done for NO!!

  65. The NFL should “assign” him to be the starting QB for the Saints, and then we will see how long Jenkins thinks that he should stay in the NFL.

  66. I read them all and the best comment was the last one:

    The NFL should “assign” him to be the starting QB for the Saints, and then we will see how long Jenkins thinks that he should stay in the NFL.

    SPOT ON MY FRIEND, SPOT ON!

  67. The NFL should just not play the National Anthem before games, or of they do, do it before the players come out for introductions. If the NFL caves to these “social justice warrior” millionaires this year, they will lose this lifelong NFL fan. I can find something else to spend about the $10K/year that I have been spending for the last few decades. Go ahead NFL, make my day.

  68. NFL should hire Kap or collaborate with him to create a unified objective. Not a divided approach. To unite we have to be able to be sorry for our part in getting here, to be thankful for those around us and the lessons there for us to learn, to forgive ourselves and those that have wronged us or brought these lessons upon us and to love. Love ourselves because we’re not perfect, love others knowing they’re not perfect. Because together we can be better.
    #govikes

  69. HeavyD says:
    June 9, 2020 at 7:07 pm
    It is frightening how many people do not understand that Kaepernick was within his constitutional right. Just an amazing amount of racists ignorance. Unbelievable.

    He is free to protest. He can say pretty much anything he wants without government retaliation. Freedom of speech does not cover protection from protesting or saying whatever you want while on the clock at your job. Employers have just as much right to Not hire someone for actions they take. He needs to keep up his work with the cause but he does not need to play football or even get an apology.

  70. Completely stupid of the Saints to re-sign Jenkins…essentially washed up and nothing but trouble PR wise!

  71. I just realized how much smarter of a coach the Eagles coach is over the Saints coach. I understand now why Malcolm Jenkins was released. Someone seems to forget why they let him go in the first place but I am pretty sure they are remembering now. Well it looks like the Saints are done before the season even starts.

  72. Jenkins showing the true colors of so many involved in this movement. It’s not about justice, opportunity, equality, etc. It’s about revenge. “Assign him to a team”? What planet does this dude live on?

  73. Malcom is involved and truly cares. He’s not just talk. But he also thinks he’s more important than he is…on the field and off. Apologize? For what? Teams made a business decision, which is a calculation that may change now given the current movement. But they shouldn’t apologize for doing what they thought was in their best business interests at the time. They know what we all know…80% of fans supported or tolerated the kneeling. 20% didn’t. Can you lose 20% of your customers as a business? Of course not.

  74. The inspiration behind his actions from the beginning were divisive and hateful. It’s taken on a new narrative now, but I remember the hate. I also remember his lack of sincerity in the special effort the league made to give him a chance to get back in the league. He’s made his bed.

  75. “I also remember his lack of sincerity in the special effort the league made to give him a chance to get back in the league. ”
    __________

    I was with you right up until that sentence. We’re talking about the PR stunt the league office threw together that no teams actually asked for? The same one where the NFL had to twist teams’ arms into attending so they could CLAIM teams were interested? The same one they didn’t want to let Kaepernick record even though that was a totally minor point not worth fighting over? Kaepernick’s insincerity regarding that workout was just in keeping with the NFL’s insincerity in holding it.

  76. As an Eagles fan, I enjoyed his play. He made himself valuable on the field at almost all times. I hated to see him leave this off season, however his rhetoric is getting old. How on earth could you think the NFL can “assign” Colin to a team? Is he playing for free because its team owners who have said no thanks to the distraction whether its needed or not, its not welcomed into a team sport.

  77. mogogo1,
    Yea the BFL put together a lack luster “pro day” for Kaepernick. The minimal effort put into it was leaps and bounds more than the effort all the other veteran free agents got. He could’ve started for 4-7 teams in 2017, been a back up for probably every team. The teams he could’ve started for were bad teams and they didn’t need any extra attention and as a back up, no extra attention is worth it.

  78. I don’t get it, he doesn’t deserve a job. That being said he is probably better than Dak Prescott.

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