NFL commissioner encourages teams to hire Kaepernick

Roger Goodell said he would "welcome" Colin Kaepernick back into the NFL and "encourage" a team to sign him.
3:35 | 06/16/20

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Well now to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighing in on quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has not played since 2016 when he first started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Goodell now saying he encourages the team to sign Kaepernick. T.J. Holmes joins us with more on this story. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you. It's kind of hard to keep up, right? Since he started kneeling back in 2016/2017 season Kaepernick hasn't played, but in 2018 the NFL banned kneeling only to reverse course later. Kaepernick filed a grievance settled and six months ago Goodell said they have moved on from Kaepernick and then last night something else. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he'd like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL. I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that. Reporter: But Goodell knows the decision is up to one of the league's 32 team, none of whom have signed Kaepernick since he last played in 2017 after protesting racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. The league organized the workout for Kaepernick late last year which he declined to participate in at the last second hosting his own event across town instead. But in the last few years the commissioner has avoided directly suggesting a team bring back Kaepernick and on the ESPN special featuring all the major league commissioners and athletes discussing the return of sports Goodell again says he and the league were wrong to oppose the kneeling protests started by Kaepernick. We should have listened to our players earlier. Our players including Colin Kaepernick, including Eric Reid, including Kenny stills and so many others, Malcolm general kin, so many people that to really bring these issues to light and it actually predates and goes back to 2014 and Ferguson when Michael Brown was killed. I'm proud of the work we're doing but all have more to do. Reporter: He also suggested another way Kaepernick could return to the league. If his efforts are not on the field but in continuing to work in this space, we welcome to that table and to be able to help us and guide us. Reporter: Meanwhile major league baseball commissioner rob Manfred drew backlash from players after saying he now has doubts about any season this summer amid a labor dispute with the players association. I know the owners are 100% committed to getting baseball back on the field. Unfortunately I can't tell you that I'm 100% certain that's going to happen. Reporter: Some players pushed Washington nationals pitch ever max Scherzer tweeted rob Manfred and the owners are walking back on their word again and while the commissioner wasn't asked about his sports impact on the black lives matter movement overnight dozens of baseball's most famous faces including Aaron judge and mookie BETTs shared a new message demanding racial justice be made a priority now. But we need to you cheer with us now. When we need you most. All: Black lives matter. Black lives matter, black lives matter. Reporter: Back to the NFL. It was Roger Goodell who just over a week ago released that video in which he admitted the NFL was wrong, should not have asked players to stop kneeling. However, there was criticism of that video. Why, whit? Because in that 1:26 second he never apologized to or mentioned Colin Kaepernick's name. And it still remains to be seen if the owners will give him a real shot as well. Thank you so much. We appreciate it.

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