Donald Trump Makes Surprising Endorsement of Colin Kaepernick Returning to NFL
I don’t think anyone had this on their “How Weird Will 2020 Get?” bingo card.
2020 has been an incredibly strange year thus far, and the pedal is absolutely to the metal on the Weird-ebago still.
It all began with the threat of World War III, after Iran took it upon themselves to fire 15 ballistic missiles at sleeping American soldiers in Iraq. Then there was the global coronavirus pandemic, (that’s still ongoing), the short-lived talk of “murder hornets”, and now the world has come together to once again root out the evils of racism on a systemic scale.
In other words, we should expect the unexpected as the white knuckle our way through the rest of this year…and maybe beyond.
In keeping with the tradition of bizarreness that the last few months have brought us, President Donald Trump has now walked back his earlier comments about Colin Kaepernick and his future in the NFL.
During an interview with Sinclair correspondent Scott Thuman, Trump was asked about Kaepernick, the then-San Francisco 49er who sparked a national debate in 2016 when he protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, and whether or not the president believes Kaepernick “should get another shot in the NFL.”
“If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability,” Trump said. “He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as 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.”
Then came the most shocking comment by the Commander in Chief.
The president continued: “The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling — I would love to see him get another shot, but obviously he has to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”
This stands in stark contrast to the President previous thoughts on Kaepernick, in which Trump appeared to be in heated disagreement with the former NFL player’s anthem-kneeling protests.
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