NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s all for teams potentially signing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.
Goodell’s comments of course come in the wake of a mass social justice movement that has given rise to a heightened sense of awareness in every business owners mind and as a result set off a litany of public PR statements being put out by well, everyone.
Goodell is of course at the head of one of the most prominently African-American run businesses in the world, the NFL, making the expectation for his advocacy around the matter all the more important.
Colin Kaepernick is seen as the originator of this movement because of his decision, guided by a former Green Beret Nate Boyer, to kneel during the national anthem as a sign of change needed and as a direct result of recent police officials abusing their power in a perceivably racist way.
“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell explained. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.”
This of course is a rather neutral position, which i guess is all that’s needed at bare minimum from Roger. After all, he’s not signing players and making roster transactions in an attempt to win a Super Bowl, nor can he actually tell a team that they’ve got to sign someone either.
“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.”
Roger is essentially extending another formal invitation to Kaep to work with the NFL on their social outreach efforts and to use his insight to aid progress in that area.
“We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time,” Goodell added. “But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
A league such as the NFL, ripe with resources, relationships, power, and money, is an essential factor in pushing people in legislative positions of power to make necessary adjustments. It’s also a pool of assets in the form of real African-American men’s pockets that can directly go toward whatever collective effort that they want, and so making an active effort in that area such as Goodell is suggesting is critical.
Whether a team actually signs Kaepernick or not, remains to be seen, and like Goodell said is dependent upon his play on the field. At the moment though, and after what we saw in his playing career, it’s hard to suggest that Colin isn’t at bare minimum one of the best 64 quarterbacks in the world.