Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, shut out of the NFL for years after kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality, can be welcomed with “open arms” by the proprietor of the Las Vegas Raiders.
“I imagine in Colin Kaepernick,” Raiders proprietor Mark Davis stated Wednesday on NBC Sports throughout an episode of “Race in America: A Candid Dialog.” He “deserves each likelihood on the planet to develop into a quarterback” within the NFL, Davis added.
Kaepernick has “sacrificed a lot of the things that he might have been doing in his life to get a message throughout about police violence and fairness and inclusion in America,” Davis stated. “I stand by that.”
He added: “If our coaches and common supervisor wish to carry him in or need him to be the quarterback on this workforce, I’d welcome him with open arms.”
Kaepernick couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Regardless of Davis’ declare, it’s unclear if there can be a spot for Kaepernick on the workforce. Participant choices are as much as new Normal Supervisor Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels, who haven’t yet said anything about him publicly.
Kaepernick, a proficient quarterback, performed his final NFL sport on Jan. 1, 2017, after he protested towards racism and police brutality by taking a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem at the beginning of video games. He was viciously singled out for criticism by then-President-elect Donald Trump, who recommended he get overseas — as an alternative of attempting to enhance it.
Mockingly, Trump and his followers declare to be fierce free speech defenders and rail towards crackdowns — on extremist right-wing speech.
In 2019, the NFL paid undisclosed millions of dollars to Kaepernick and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid to settle their lawsuits alleging collusion among the many league’s 32 homeowners to ostracize them.
Davis in contrast Kaepernick to gold-medal American sprinter Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos, who famously raised their fists to protest racism on the awards platform within the 1968 Olympics in Mexico Metropolis. Each have been instantly suspended and despatched house.
Kaepernick tweeted final month that he misses coaching with skilled gamers. He stated he’s been “understanding and staying prepared in case a chance to play introduced itself.”
Kaepernick performed for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 via 2016, throwing for greater than 12,000 yards and main the workforce to the 2013 Tremendous Bowl. Kaepernick turned a free agent earlier than the 2017 season.
All NFL groups are presently in Las Vegas for the 2022 draft. The three-day occasion kicked off Thursday.