Yes, Colin Kaepernick is divisive.
And the lack of leadership in the league, specifically from Commissioner Roger Goodell, has only made things worse.
But you won’t believe what Goodell actually just admitted about Kaepernick.
After several accusations that the NFL had blackballed Kaepernick over his anthem protests, Kaepernick gathered a team of lawyers to sue the NFL for collusion.
Apparently, team owners are not free to decide what players are best for their team.
Meanwhile, in response to declining ratings and poor stadium attendance, Goodell pretends to try and solve the growing divisiveness by inviting the displaced quarterback to help the NFL find a solution.
Kaepernick has so far declined.
“Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shot down the notion that free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the victim of a blackballing by owners around the NFL due to his polarizing National Anthem protests.
Goodell said that Kaepernick “is always welcome” to be a part of player’s coalition meetings.
“We’ve always invited Colin to come over,” stated Goodell.
“He’s welcome to come over and meet at any point and time. We had an open door on that.
There were some meeting set up with the player’s coalition, and they were invited by the player’s coalition.”
But then Goodell said something surprising.
Goodell explained he believes there are a number of factors on why teams have yet to sign Kaepernick, but he does not agree with people like LeBron James that he has been blackballed.
“Each and every club’s got to make those decisions,” he said.
“They make those decisions based on a lot of factors that are best for their football team. And when they do that, that’s what’s in the best interest.”
And then Goodell actually reaffirmed his position on the matter:
“Again, I think our teams are making the best decisions for what they need as a football team.” https://t.co/eAL4gop1mI
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 12, 2017
But just when you think Goodell is finally making some sense and taking some leadership, the guy goes on to blame the lack of stadium attendance and poor ratings on the weather.
It’s like he just does not get it. And now he’s got $200 million and a 5-year extension to keep not getting it.