Surprising as it may be to hear, and despite the debate of whether or not Colin Kaepernick should be in the NFL being an oddly political one, Donald Trump appears to have suddenly become someone who supports Kaepernick returning to the league.
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Trump was asked about the hot topic on Wednesday, to which he answered that he would “absolutely” support support Colin Kaepernick’s return to the NFL “if he deserves it-“
“If he deserves it, he should,” Trump said when asked if Kaepernick should get another shot in the NFL. “If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of a player. He was terrific in his rookie year. I think he was very good in his second year. And then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.”
Kaep actually threw a total of 5 passes in his rookie season while backing up Alex Smith, threw for 1800 yards on a 10/2 touchdown/int split with a 5-2 record as a starter his second year, and then had the breakout year Trump is referring to in his third season, in which he put up 3100 yards, 21 touchdowns to 8 interceptions, as well as 500+ rushing yards. He had similar numbers in 2014 before falling off.
“The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot. But obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”
This seems to be a rather far removed statement from when Trump reaction tweeted the need for teams to “get those sons of bi***s off the field” at the time when he appropriated the intent of the kneeling to be something it wasn’t.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off
the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’,” Trump said. “You know, some owner is gonna do that.”
This is far from what has happened since then, with support for Kaepernick still growing to this day. Regardless, it remains to be seen whether or not the movement will be enough to land him a roster spot anytime soon.