The NFL seasons opens Thursday night, and one of the more dubious truths about the entire off-season is that free agent outspoken quarterback Colin Kaepernick failed to be signed by any of the 32 teams. Kaepernick, of course, created quite a stir by starting the national anthem protest around this time last year, something that many players continue to this day.
Multiple players have stated they believe Kaepernick is being purposely blacklisted by NFL owners (who are 99 percent white, by the way). A quick look around at some of the other QBs who currently have jobs, even as backups, would suggest there’s an element of truth to that.
However, when NFL commissionor Roger Goodell was asked point blank if Kaepernick should still be a quarterback in his league, he uttered this ridiculous nonsense:
“I’m not a football expert,” Goodell said. “I’m a huge fan. I have a role as commissioner also, but for me I watch the games and enjoy and I let the football people make those decisions. And the reality is there’s 32 different decisions, and multiple decisions within an organization, so there’s always a dispute. The idea of who can play, who can’t play, who’s best for our system and not best for our system, are decisions that should be made by those 32 teams.” (Via ProFootballTalk/NBC Sport)
Just to be clear here, a man who gets paid close to $35 million a year to oversee the entirety of the NFL just proclaimed himself “not a football expert.” A man who ignores things like the CBA and, ya know, actual law enforcement investigations when he decides to just toss out random suspensions like they are beads at Mardi Gras, claims he is “not a football expert.”
In a world of non-answers, this was one of the more hilarious non-answers of all-time. Goodell did tack on a very politically correct statement of wanting “everyone to get an opportunity, including Colin.” He also added that he was confident that Kaepernick would get a chance to play when the “right opportunity” presented itself.
Sure. Okay. Good talk, Roger.